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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)


According to FEMA, fires are responsible for more than 4,000 deaths in the United States per year. Take the following precautions to ensure you remain safe. 

Before a fire:

  • Prepare an emergency plan that shows the quickest routes out of your home and a place for your family to meet, and practice your plan.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Clean out storage areas containing old newspapers, magazines, and other items that could cause a fire to spread.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once per month, and change batteries at least once per year.

During a fire:

  • Stay low to the floor to avoid smoke.
  • Do not use an elevator.
  • Call 9-1-1 once you exit, not from inside your home or building.
  • Once you exit, do not re-enter.

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For more information on fires, visit:

Ready - Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed - FEMA's educational preparedness campaign


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