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Fire Do's and Don'ts

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Being Safe At Home

Fire Dos and Donts Spraying Water from top of Ladder

Throughout your house:

  • Do install a smoke detector on every floor.
  • Do plan your escape routes in case fire does strike.


  • Don't put ashtrays on chair or sofa arms.
  • Don't run electrical cords under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.
  • Don't leave unattended cigarettes burning in ashtrays.
  • Don't staple electrical cords to walls or otherwise pierce the insulation


  • Don't leave food unattended on the stove. If you must leave the kitchen take a wooden spoon or a pot holder as a reminder.
  • Don't cook wearing sleeves that can dangle near the burners.
  • Don't use your oven to heat your home.
  • Don't let grease build up on your stove or oven.
  • Don't let crumbs build up on your toaster.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets with appliances.
  • Do unplug heaters after you turn them off.
  • Don't let curtains hang near your range.
  • Do check the kitchen before bed. Oven off? Coffee pot unplugged?

Don't Play with Anything That Can Cause a Fire!

Doesn't that sound simple? Yet, you would be surprised at the number of children who play with items that can start a fire not realizing how fast a fire can grow. Take the time to review the following safety tips.

  • Don't play with matches and lighters.
  • Don't play with firecrackers.
  • Don't use a candle without your parents in the room.
  • Don't play with BBQ starters.
  • Don't light paper or other objects on fire to see if it burns. It will and can quickly get out of control. Fires can get out of control in seconds.

Stop, Drop & Roll

Do you know what to do if your clothes catch on fire?

  • Stop immediately.
  • Drop to the ground.
  • Roll over and over, back and forth while covering your face and mouth.

Roll until all the flames are out. Practice Stop, Drop & Roll it so you won't forget it in case of an emergency. You can practice it with your family, even your grandparents. Remember: STOP, DROP & ROLL is not just for kids.

Crawl Low under Smoke and Know the Way Out

  • Crawl low to get out of a smoke filled room. The air toward the floor is easier to breathe.
  • You need to plan two ways out of each room before a fire occurs so you'll know where you can safely exit.

Firefighters Are Your Friends

During a fire, the house will become pitch black because of the smoke. When the firefighter arrives at your house he/she will look for you. If you were unable to exit through your family's preplanned escape routes, you will be unable to see very well because of the smoke. Firefighter's wearing equipment look and sound different. The firefighter will look bigger and make a sound like a big breathing machine. Remember no matter how scared you are: Do not hide From a Firefighter. Firefighters are there to help you. They will lead you out of the fire to a safe place.

Exit Drills in the Home (E.D.I.T.H.)

Quick, close your eyes. Do you know two ways out of the room you are in right now?

If a fire breaks out in your home it is important that every member of the family knows what to do. So have a fire escape drill at home!

  • Start by asking your parents to help you make a home fire escape plan.
  • Your family can sit down together and draw a floor plan of your house.
  • Use the floor plan to clearly mark two ways out of every room. Also put a big X where the smoke detector is located.
  • After the drawing is complete, decide where each member of the family will meet outside.

Then practice, practice, practice until you can do the drill with your eyes closed.
Make this a family project and have fun with it. Knowing what to do when a fire breaks out can save your life.

Smoke Detectors

Do you know what to do if you hear a smoke detector?

  • Proceed to the nearest exit and leave the building in a calm manner.
  • Public places such as schools and hotels have clearly marked exits and exit routes. Take a few minutes to look at the posted fire exit information. If you do not understand what the signs say, ask an adult to explain them to you.
  • When you are at home it is important to know two exits out of every room.
  • Practice exit drills with your family and follow your plan.

For more cool kids safety tips visit USFA's Kids Page and Sparky's Kids Page.

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