Fire Safety/ FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked fire safety questions here.

Q: In case of a fire in your apartment, should you close the door behind you or leave it ajar for firefighters to enter?
A: Close (but do not lock) the door.

Q: While waiting for the fire department to arrive, should you help by using a home fire extinguisher on a large, growing fire?
A: No

Q: Which of the following are safe to use on a small grease fire?
  • Baking Soda

  • Baking Powder

  • Water

  • A: (Baking Soda is the only correct answer.)

    Q: What is the recommended minimum clearance around space heaters for combustible materials such as blankets and clothes?
    A: 3 feet

    Q: What percentage of U.S. fire deaths occur in high-rise buildings?
    A: Less than 1 %

    Q: How often should smoke alarms be replaced?
    A: Every 10 years
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