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HAMILTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 1133 US HWY 41 NW Suite 1 Jasper, FL 32052 386-792-6647 Fax:  386-792-6648         “Like” us on Facebook Home


• Fire is FAST. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a

   residence can be engulfed in flames.

• Fire is DARK. Fire produces gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being

   awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire

   deaths, exceeding burns by a three- to- one ratio.

• Fire is HOT. Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the

  super hot air can sear your lungs.


• Install smoke alarms. Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire

  by half.

• Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.

• Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.

• Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace   

  Smoke alarms once every 10 years.


• Never leave cooking unattended.

• Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.

• Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames

• Never use the range or oven to heat your home.


• Have an escape plan. Review escape routes with your family.

• Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.

• Teach family members to stay low to the floor, where the air is safer, when escaping from a


• In high-rise, never lock fire exits or doorways, halls or stairways. Never prop stairway or other

  fire doors open.


• Place space heaters at least three feet away from flammable/combustible materials.

• Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.


• Keep matches/lighters away from children.

• Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated.

• If you must smoke, do it responsibly.


• Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs

• Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.

• Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.

• Do not overload extension cords or outlets.


If your clothes catch on fire, you should:

• Stop, drop, and roll until the fire is extinguished.


• Do not assume someone else already called the fire department get out of the house then call

  the Fire Department.


• Check closed doors with the back of your hand to feel for heat before you open them.

• If the door is hot do not open it. Find a second way out, such as a window. If you cannot escape   

  through a window, hang a white sheet outside the window to alert firefighters to your presence.

• Stuff the cracks around the door with towels, rags, bedding or tape and cover vents to keep   

  smoke out.

• If there is a phone in the room where you are trapped, call the fire department again and tell

  Them exactly where you are.

• If the door is cold slowly open it and ensure that fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape

  route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door and use another escape route.

• If clear, leave immediately and close the door behind you. Be prepared to crawl.


• Once you are out of the building, STAY OUT! Do not go back inside for any reason.

• If you are with a burn victim or are a burn victim yourself call 911, cool and cover your burns   

  until emergency units arrive.

• If you are a tenant contact the landlord.

• Tell the fire department if you know of anyone trapped in the building.

• Only enter when the fire department tells you it is safe to do so.