Home Fire Safety Do’s & Don’ts

Family Fire Safety


  • Make sure that everyone knows two ways out of every room.
  • Teach children to crawl on their hands and knees in an effort to stay low under smoke.
  • Close doors behind you to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
  • Plan a meeting spot outside the house, at a neighbor’s or in a special place in the yard a good distance from the house.
  • Teach kids that once they get outside, they should stay outside.
  • Hold frequent fire drills, including some at night and make sure everyone is following the plan perfectly. Assign someone to call 911.
  • Smoke alarms save lives.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home. Replace the batteries every six months.


  • Do not rely on one way to escape from your home.
  • Do not forget about the levels of your home. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor.
  • Do not assume everyone will remember how to exit your home during a fire. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Do not reenter a burning building. Nothing is as valuable as your life.
  • Do not open a door without feeling it first. If it is warm, the fire is nearby and you could cause the greater risk of spreading the fire and injuring yourself.