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-Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor Virg Bernero
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Before a Fire

Before a Fire

Things you should know before a fire

Plan For a Fire Before it Occurs

  • Know the location of exits
  • Recognize the sound of the alarm
  • Know how to activate the alarm (usually located at exits)
  • Know how to notify the fire department Have a meeting place outside
  • Participate in fire drills and know your plan

If You Discover a Fire

  • Sound the alarm and exit
  • Close all doors behind you, especially doors behind fire
  • Proceed directly to safest exit
  • Do not use elevators
  • Leave the building

Exit Drills

  • Develop a Fire Escape Plan & practice the drill (most don't, because they don't have a plan) Know how to activate the alarm
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them
  • Have two avenues of escape
  • Know your emergency numbers
  • Designate a safe meeting place
  • Where is your nearest fire hydrant? Is it snowed over?
  • Once You Are Out, Stay Out!!!
  • When the smoke detector sounds, you have less than 4 minutes to get out
  • Most who die in fires die of smoke inhalation
  • Fire itself is a serious hazard
  • Fire frequently generates temperatures to 1500 F
  • Remember, water boils at 212 F
  • Most foods cook at about 350 F
  • There is always the possibility of flashover
  • As well as carbon monoxide, there are many toxic gases
  • The longer you stay in, the more your judgment will be impaired

What to do if Your Escape Route is Blocked by Fire or Smoke

  • Crawl low in smoke (try to hold your breath)

If trapped in a room:

  • feel doors with the back of your hand to test for heat (if no heat open the door cautiously
  • close all doors behind you
  • seal cracks around doors and windows ( a wet towel will work )
  • signal at window to rescuers
  • open outside windows at top and bottom
  • shut off fans and air conditioners
Randy Talifarro
Fire Chief
120 E. Shiawassee
Lansing, MI 48933

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.