Electric Fire

Electricity is hot and can cause fires. A light bulb that is hot can get too close to something that can burn and catch fire. Insulation on an overloaded cord can melt, exposing live wires. These wires can spark and cause a fire.

What to do . . .

Leave the area and get help. Tell an adult and call 911. Never put water on an electrical fire. It can make the fire much worse. Make sure you have a chemical fire extinguisher on each floor of your home and know where it is and how to use it safely.

Always plan an emergency escape route from your home. Make a line drawing of all the rooms in your house and map out an escape route with your whole family. That way everyone knows where to go. You can practice your escape plan with your family just like you practice a fire drill at school. Make sure you all agree on a meeting place after you get outside, like a neighbor's house or a certain place in your yard a safe distance from the house. That way you'll know everyone got out safely. Be sure to always get help from an adult or neighbor if you can.