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Fires are Killers Because They Move Fast 1. Homes must have clear defensible space, 40 feet on all sides. 2. Cutting/clearing bush can help provide defensible space.

3. Install smoke detectors. Check them once a month and change the batteries at least once a year.

4. Make sure all family members know what to do in a fire.

5. Practice alerting other household members. It is a good idea to keep a bell and a flashlight in each bedroom for this purpose. 6. Practice evacuating the building blindfolded. In a real fire situation, the amount of smoke generated by a fire will most likely make it impossible to see.

7. Practice staying low to the ground when escaping.

8. Feel all doors before opening them. If the door is hot, get out another way.

Place emergency numbers near telephones; be aware, however that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to your emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out first and place the call from somewhere else. 1. Get out as quickly and as safely as possible. 2. Use the stairs to escape.

3. When evacuating, stay low to the ground.

4. If possible, your cover mouth with a cloth to avoid inhaling too much smoke and gases.

5. Close doors in each room after escaping to delay the spread of the fire.


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BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  
BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  

The Disaster Management Department of the BVI's Community Disaster Preparedness Guide, released May 18, 2012