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Take a moment, right now, and ask yourself, "What would I do if someone yelled 'FIRE!'?"

Just like the fire drills we practiced as children, there are ways to be ready in the event of fire. These include knowing what to watch out for, creating a fire escape plan, and learning to operate a fire extinguisher. You can also learn to spot fire hazards to prevent fires.

Let's review and refresh what you know about fire. This might save someone's life.

The FACTS: What you need to KNOW

1. In the event of a fire: Get out, stay out, and call 911.

2. Fire is fast. A fire can become life-threatening in just two minutes.

3. Heat is more threatening than visible flames. A burning room can reach 600 degrees, hot enough to scorch your lungs and melt your clothing.

4. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces gases that make you disoriented and confused, making it harder to get out.

THE ACTIONS: What you need to DO

In the event of a fire, yell "FIRE" and leave immediately. Activate the fire alarm if there is one. Don't waste time gathering any items.

If you have to escape through smoke, stay close to the floor.

If smoke, heat, or flames block your escape route, use your second way out. Do not open a door that is warm to the touch. If your escape is blocked, make sure the door is closed and seal the bottom to block airflow. Go to the window and signal for help.

If the fire has just started, and you are trained in the use of a fire extinguisher, you may be able to contain it. If you are unsure, leave and call 911.

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Links, Resources & More

  • Take a free safety course from Nonprofit Safety Hero.
  • Use the free APPapp to help your organization create an Accident Prevention Program.
  • Learn more about OSHA and WISHA laws that govern workplace safety for both volunteers and paid workers.
  • View a complete list of volunteer safety topics from Volunter Safety Hero.