Escaping from a Fire

Make sure you and those you live with know how to escape in the event of a fire.

In the event of a fire, remember - time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.

The most important thing to remember if a fire starts is to get out, stay out and call 911. You should never try to fight a growing fire by yourself.

Make an Escape Plan and Practice It

Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.

What to Do If You Have to Escape from a Fire

If the smoke alarm goes off or you smell smoke or discover a fire, shout to wake everyone up/alert them and get everyone together if possible. Follow your escape plan and get out of the building.

Escaping from a window

High rise apartments

Calling 911

If you need the Fire Department, police or an ambulance you should call 911. All 911 calls are free. You can make them from any phone, including mobile phones.

Don't call 911 if it is not an emergency. All 911 calls are recorded and you are breaking the law if you make a hoax emergency call.

When you get through, the operator will ask you which emergency service you want: fire , police or ambulance service. Please listen carefully and be patient. They will ask you a number of questions. Answer the questions clearly, and don't put the telephone down until you are told to do so.