Most fire fatalities and injuries in the U.S. occur in the victim’s own home
Two-thirds of all home-fire victims die of smoke inhalation, poisonous gases, or lack of oxygen; not severe burns
Cooking is the leading cause of all residential fires and fire injuries
Heating equipment is the second leading cause of residential fires
More than 40% of fatal home cooking fires occur while the victim(s) are sleeping
Careless use of smoking materials is the leading cause of residential fires that result in death
Make sure your family has an escape plan. You can contact the Fire Prevention & Education Office at 217-384-2445 for more information on developing a plan.
Sleep with the bedroom door closed. Closed doors provide protection against heat and smoke.
Teach everyone in your household to recognize the sound of your smoke alarm.
Test doors before opening them. You can easily be overcome by heat, smoke or flames when you open a door to an area where a fire has spread.
Use windows as alternate exits.
Crawl low under smoke. During a fire, super heated air and toxic gases fill the room from the top down. This leaves a "safety zone" of breathable air about 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
Call 9-1-1. Unless you are trapped inside, it’s too dangerous to call from a burning home. Once you have escaped and reported to your meeting place, call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s telephone.
If your clothes catch on fire: STOP, DROP, & ROLL !!!
Should you have any questions regarding fire safety or would like more information on any of these topics, please contact our Fire Prevention & Education Office at 217-384-2445 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org