Belmont Fire Department
Belmont Fire Department
- Get out fast! When you hear the loud beep of the smoke alarm, get out of the house. Never hide or take time to grab your belongings or pets.
- Follow your escape plan. After all, you've been practicing!
- Feel a door before you open it. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
- Stay low to the floor. Since smoke rises, the safest air for breathing is down low.
- Call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Be sure to do this after you get out of the house. Remember: Only call 9-1-1 if there is a real emergency.
- Stay out! Once you're out, stay out. Don't go back for anything!
- Don't touch matches. Stay away from lighters, and candles too.
- Don't touch radiators or heaters. Ask a grown-up to turn a heater on or off for you. Don't stand too close to a fireplace or wood stove either.
- Don't play with electrical cords, and don't stick anything into an electrical socket.
- Don't play around in the kitchen. If you want to cook something, be sure to check with a grown-up first.
- Don't put anything over a lamp. Things thrown over a lamp (like blankets or clothing) could catch fire.
- Make an escape plan. Work with your family to plan how to get out of your home if there is a fire.
- Plan two ways out of every room. The first way out should be a door.
- Choose a meeting place. Pick a safe and easy-to-remember spot outside your home where you will meet your family after you get out.
- Practice! Every escape path needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
- Test smoke alarms. Help grown-ups remember to test smoke alarms monthly and to put in new batteries twice a year when the clocks change.
Stop, Drop, and Roll. If your clothing catches fire, remember to stop where you are and drop to the ground. Cover your face and mouth with your hands, and roll over and over until the flames are out.
Links where you can learn more...
(The Belmont Fire Department does not endorse any products you may find on any of the links listed below. Information is provided for educational purposes only.)
United States Fire Administration
Fire Safety for Kids
Fire and Fireplace Safety for Kids
JMAC Fire Safety Link
Live Watch (Thanks Lexington Middle School and Ms. Bartlett)
American Red Cross Fire Safety Page
Kids Guide to Forest Fires