According to FEMA, fires are responsible for more than 4,000 deaths in the United States per year. Take the following precautions to ensure you remain safe. 

Before a fire:

  • Prepare an emergency plan that shows the quickest routes out of your home and a place for your family to meet, and practice your plan.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Clean out storage areas containing old newspapers, magazines, and other items that could cause a fire to spread.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once per month, and change batteries at least once per year.

During a fire:

  • Stay low to the floor to avoid smoke.
  • Do not use an elevator.
  • Call 9-1-1 once you exit, not from inside your home or building.
  • Once you exit, do not re-enter.

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