If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
* Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
* Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
* Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
* Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
* Practice using different ways out.
* Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
* Close doors behind you as you leave.
If the alarm sounds …
* If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
* If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
* Call 9-1-1 from any base phone or 661-277-4540/4541 from a cell phone to contact Edwards Fire and Emergency Services dispatch center.
Follow these tips to have a plan when an emergency happens. The Edwards Fire and Emergency Services Prevention team will be posting a video to compliment this article on their Instagram. Follow @edwards_fes on Instagram for the latest fire department updates.