Education & Planning

Plan Your Escape
Know how to escape a fire. Plan your escape paths from each room in your home. Identify 2 escape paths from each room in your home. If smoke is in your first path, use your second option. If heat, flames, or smoke block both escape paths, stay in the room with your door closed. If there is a telephone in the room, call 911 and give your location. Signal for help!

What would you do if your home caught fire? Would you know where to do if smoke or flames blocked your escape? There is no time to think about these questions in a real fire. It's hot, smoky, and so dark that you may not be able to see your own hands. Know ahead of time what to do if there's a fire. Develop an escape plan with 2 ways out of every room. You'll need a second way in case smoke or flames block your primary exit. And make sure every exit is accessible, including windows. Getting out is your first priority in a fire. And once out, stay out!

Get Out & Stay Out
Real fires are hot, smoky and dark. You may have only a very few minutes to safely escape from a fire. If you're ever in a fire, don't spend time getting dressed or trying to gather valuables. Just get out and stay out. Then call the Fire Department from a neighbor's telephone.

Ensure Your Address is Known
Place your address by your phone. Babysitters, guests, or young children may need to call for help in your home. They usually do not know your address and may not know your phone number. Make it easier for them in an emergency. Place your address and phone number on or by your phone. If you need a 911 sticker for your phone you may pick 1 up for free at the Faribault Fire Department.

When Not to Fight a Fire
Never fight a fire if:
  • The fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started
  • You can't fight the fire with your back to an exit for escape
  • The fire can block your only escape
You don't have adequate fire-fighting equipment. In any of these situations, don't fight the fire by yourself. Call for help from the Fire Department quickly.