How to Be Smart About Fire Safety
Make A Plan With Your Family
- Your plan should have two ways to get out of each room, in case one of them is blocked by a fire. For example, you could leave your bedroom by climbing through the window or by running through your doorway.
- Your plan should include a safe and easy to remember meeting place outside your house where everyone in your family will meet after escaping a fire.
- Remember to test your smoke detectors every month and to replace their batteries every year.
Get Out Right Away If There's A Fire
- Don't stop to get any of your toys or other things. Just get out of your house quickly.
- Always feel the bottom of a door to see if it is hot before you open it. If it is hot, that means there may be a fire on the other side and you should not open it.
- Stay low to the floor when you are leaving your house. You might want to crawl on all-fours. Staying close to the floor will help you avoid breathing in smoke.
- Once you are outside, don't go back inside the house for anything.
Parents and teachers can find more information from the Texas State Fire Marshal at http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/pubs/tdipubs5.html.
Additional links to fire and safety can be found at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/fire/fmtxflsekids.html.