During a Fire
✓ When the smoke detector sounds, go out quickly. You might have only seconds to get away securely.
✓ It's possible one way out might be obstructed by fire or smoke, so you'll would like to know 2nd escape.
✓ If there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and utilize your 2nd way out.
✓ Make certain windows are not nailed or painted shut.
✓ Ensure security gratings on windows have a fire safety opening feature so they can be easily opened from the within.
✓ Think about escape ladders if your home has more than one level, and ensure that intruder bars and other anti-theft mechanisms that obstruct outside window entry are easily opened from the within.
✓ Do not open any door unless you have actually cautiously touched the doorknob and door with the back of your hand to evaluate the temperature.
✓ If the door is warm, do not open it.
✓ If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Make certain that fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape route.
✓ Whatever you do, don't panic. You can always recover some step of control, even if you feel trapped.
✓ Pick a safe outdoors meeting point e.g., near the trees.
✓ Once you get out, stay out, never return inside a burning structure.