Never ignore the sound of a smoke alarm. If the smoke alarm is sounding its alarm, there is a reason. You and your family must be able to escape quickly and safely. Here are several steps your family can learn and rehearse for an emergency:
Have an escape plan. Discuss and practice your escape plans. Know 2 exits from any room in the house.
Feel if the door is hot. Always feel the door to see if it is hot before opening it to escape. If the doorknob or door is hot, do not use that exit. Use your alternate exit to escape.
Crawl on the floor. Smoke from a fire rises and so does the temperature. If you crawl on the floor there will be less smoke and the heat from the fire will be less severe.
Meet at a prearranged spot outside the home. If you clearly show where everyone is supposed to meet outside the home when there is a fire, it will be easier to know who is safe.
Call the Fire Department from a neighbor's home. Be prepared to give your full name and address to the operator at the other end of the line. Stay on the line until the operator has all of the information needed.
Never go inside a burning building. Never return inside the house for any reason. The firefighters will be there soon.
If you follow these basic fire safety tips, you will increase your family's chances for survival in a fire.