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Six COOL Fire Safety Tips for KIDS
Never play with matches or lighters - If you see matches or a lighter where you can reach them, don't touch them! Go tell a grown-up right away.
In case of fire: "Don't hide, go outside" - Fires are scary, but you should NEVER hide in closets or under beds when there is a fire. Firefighters may look scary when they're wearing their protective gear, but please, don't hide from them. They are wearing special suits and masks to protect them from flames and smoke; so they can save you.
To escape during a fire, "Fall & Crawl" - It is much easier to breathe in a fire if you stay low and crawl while getting out, it's cooler and less smoky. Use the back of your hand to test if a door is hot before you open it. If it is hot, try to use another way out.
If your clothes are on fire, "Stop, Drop & Roll" - Drop to the ground and roll over and over until the flames are out. Shout for help while you do this, but don't run. Running makes fire burn faster. Don't get up until the fire is completely out.
Have an escape plan and practice it with your family - Find two ways out of every room, in case one way is blocked by fire or smoke. Practice escaping by both routes to be sure that windows are not stuck and screens can be taken out quickly. Choose a meeting place outside, such as a big tree or the end of the driveway, so you will know that everyone has gotten out safely. NEVER go back into a burning building for any reason. If someone is missing, tell the firefighters. They have the clothing and the equipment to safely rescue people. For more information, see the E.D.I.T.H. page.
Know your local emergency phone number - If there is a fire at your house, choose one family member to leave your meeting place and call the fire department from a neighbor's phone. In Adams, the emergency number is 911. It should be used ONLY for emergencies like a fire. If you should call, stay calm and stay on the line, DON'T HANG UP until told to do so by the emergency dispatcher.