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WHAT TO DO DURING A FIRE

If your clothes catch on fire, you should:

  • Stop, drop, and roll - until the fire is extinguished. Running only makes the fire burn faster.

To escape a fire, you should:

  • Check closed doors for heat before you open them. If you are escaping through a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and door frame before you open it. Never use the palm of your hand or fingers to test for heat - burning those areas could impair your ability to escape a fire (i.e., ladders and crawling).

HOT DOOR: Do not open. Escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light-colored sheet outside the window, alerting fire fighters to your presence.

COOL DOOR: Open slowly and ensure fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door immediately and use an alternate escape route, such as a window. If clear, leave immediately through the door and close it behind you. Be prepared to crawl. Smoke and heat rise. The air is clearer and cooler near the floor.

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Close doors behind you as you escape to delay the spread of the fire.
  • Stay out once you are safely out. Do not reenter. Call 9-1-1.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A FIRE

  • Give first aid where needed. After calling 9-1-1 or your local emergency number, cool and cover burns, which reduces the chance of further injury or infection. Seriously injured or burned victims should be transported to professional medical help immediately.
  • Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter. Fire may have caused damage that could injure you or your family. There may be residual smoke or gases that are unsafe to breathe.
  • Look for structural damage. Fire authorities may allow you to re-enter, but may not have completed a thorough inspection. Look for damage that will need repair.
  • Check that all wiring and utilities are safe. Fire may cause damage inside walls and to utility lines not normally visible.
  • Discard food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot. The high temperatures of fire and its by-products can make food unsafe.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Don't discard damaged goods until an inventory has been taken. Save receipts for money spent relating to fire loss. Your insurance agent may provide immediate help with living expenses until you are able to return home, and offer assistance for repairs.
 

2019 Calendar

9-1-1 Heroes Awards Ceremonies

FEBRUARY
27: Los Angeles County (CHP Los Angeles Communications Center)

MARCH
10-13: CalNENA (Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine | San Diego, CA)

APRIL
11: California State (State Capitol | Sacramento, CA)

MAY
5-10: APCO Western Region (Doubletree Resort | Paradise Valley/Scottsdale, AZ)

JUNE
14-19: National NENA (Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center | Orlando, FL)

AUGUST
7-10: International Fire Chiefs Association Conference & Expo (Atlanta, GA)
11-14: APCO International (The Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, MD)

SEPTEMBER
TBD: CalOES Family Day & Open House (Sacramento, CA)

OCTOBER
24-29: International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference & Expo (Chicago, IL)

NOVEMBER
TBD: 9-1-1 Golf Classic (Las Vegas, NV)

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