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Planned Escape from Fire

Nobody expects a fire. But it's very important to have a plan just in case there is one. Fire can happen anywhere: in your home, apartment or place of business.

In case of a fire, what you don't know can hurt you. Keep in mind, fires don't always happen to someone else. ESCAPE PLANS WILL DIFFER FOR EACH TYPE OF BUILDING! IT'S UP TO YOU TO PLAN THE PROPER ESCAPE FROM YOUR PARTICULAR BUILDING.

Have a fire escape plan

Have your family meet and discuss what to do if there is a fire and practice your plan.

Use approved window gates

Only use approved window gates. Do not use a padlock that will prevent your escape from a fire.

Decide on a meeting place

By deciding on a meeting place, you will know if everyone has gotten out safely.

Send the alarm

Dial 911 to report a fire.

Walk quickly, don't panic

Feel the door on your way out with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, do not open. Close door behind you to slow the spread of fire.

Use the stairs

Don't use the elevator. It may stop and trap you. Try to place one hand in contact with the wall. This may prevent you from getting lost.

Stay low and go

If there's smoke, escape by staying very low to the ground where air is cooler.

Open window if trapped

Open window at top to let out heat and smoke; and at the bottom to breathe. If you cannot get out, wave a sheet out the window.

Don't go back

Do not go back into a fire for anything! Your life is your MOST valuable possession.

For questions about a planned escape from fire plan, please contact:

Turlock Fire Department
244 N. Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5580
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM
Closed daily 12PM - 1PM

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