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Fire Safety Test


Can you save your own life?
Take our test and find out. Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer.

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1. What should you do if you awaken at night, find the bedroom door open and the room filled with smoke?

  • Answer: Roll out of bed. Close the door and stay near the floor to avoid smoke and fumes. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth; alert others if possible. Crawl below the smoke to the most accessible exit and get out of the house, then call the fire department. Don’t waste time collecting valuables or the family pet.

2. What should you do if you awaken at night, smell smoke and the bedroom door is closed, but hot to touch?

  • Answer: If the door is hot, don’t open it. The fire is very near and opening the door will expose you to intense heat and smoke. Use clothing or whatever is available and cover the spaces around the door to keep out smoke. If a phone is available, call the fire department, but use the emergency exit as quickly as possible to leave the house.

3. Will the clothes you are wearing burn?

  • Answer: Expect that everything you’re wearing will burn. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes burn most rapidly, so avoid cooking in clothes with floppy sleeves or those, which fit loosely.

4. If you are in a room on the fifth floor, and smoke is seeping under the door, what should you do?

  • Answer: Seal the seams around the door to keep smoke out. Use the fire escape if there is one; if not stay close to the floor and call for help on the telephone. Open the top portion of the window just a few inches. If the room is smoky and breathing difficult, open the bottom of the window, put your head out to get fresh air and yell for help. Look for alternate escape route.

5. When you stay with friends, or in an unfamiliar building, do you check for emergency exits or fire escapes?

  • Answer: It’s always a good idea to know where building exits are located. In public buildings, people usually try to get out the way they came in, so knowing alternate exit may get you out faster. If you are staying with friends, know two ways out, one without using the hallway.

6. Do you have a family escape plan, which includes emergency exits if the normal exit is blocked by smoke or fire?

  • Answer: You should have an escape plan which includes a pre-arranged meeting place.

7. What could you do if food cooking in a frying pan catches fire?

  • Answer: Turn off the burner and extinguish the fire by covering the pan, throwing baking soda or salt on the fire, or by using an all purpose type ABC extinguisher. Don’t use water.

8. How does the carbon monoxide produced by a fire affect your perception?

  • Answer: Carbon monoxide distorts judgment, disturbs coordination, and causes dizziness and nausea.

9. Why could an improperly chosen fuse cause a fire?

  • Answer: Wiring is designed to carry a predetermined electric power load and fuses are used in each circuit to protect against exceeding the design limit. If a fuse blows and one with a higher rating is substituted for the original, wiring will tend to overheat and could cause a fire.

10. What information should you give the fire department when you call to report a fire?

  • Answer: The fire department needs complete address information. When you call, stay on the phone long enough to answer all questions the fire department may have. There should be no confusion about the street and town where your home is located. Memorizing the number of the local fire department will save additional time.

11. After sending an alarm from a fire alarm box, what should you do?

  • Answer: Stay at the alarm box to direct fire engines to the fire.

12. Can you think of at least two conditions in which an electric cord is dangerous?

  • Answer: An electric cord is dangerous when frayed or cracked, hung over a nail, run under a rug or through a doorway, when wet, where it can be tripped on and when it is overloaded.

13. What action should you take if you find a large fire in your basement and there is a fire extinguisher nearby?

  • Answer: Never try to fight a large fire. Close the door to the fire area to confine it. Get everyone out of the house and call the fire department.

14. When you are trying to light a gas oven the first match goes out before starting the burner, what should you do?

  • Answer: Turn the gas off and wait a few moments. Light another match, and then turn the gas on.

15. Why are wet hay, damp newspapers, or oily rags dangerous?

  • Answer: Each has potential to begin burning spontaneously. The decomposition process caused by dampness results in a chemical change, which generates heat. If the heat is not dissipated, it can start a fire. Newspapers and oily rags should be thrown away. If you must store oily rags, they should be kept in a sealed metal container. Hay and grain should be dried before storing.

16. What can happen if gasoline is stored in a basement or garage with a poorly fitted container cover?

  • Answer: Gasoline fumes are heavier than air. Fumes from an improperly sealed container travel along the floor and could explode if they reach a source of ignition such as a furnace or space heater.

17. If an extension cored or the cord of an appliance started a fire what would you do?

  • Answer: Use a dry chemical type ABC extinguisher to put the fire out. Disconnect the cord or appliance, either by pulling the plug or shutting off the power. Never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. Water conducts electricity and you could be electrocuted or additional short-circuiting could result.

18. What kind of fires cannot be extinguished using water?

  • Answer: Water cannot be used effectively to extinguish grease or oil fires, large fires fueled by plastic material, or electrical fires.

19. When and where should ashtrays be emptied?

  • Answer: Ashtrays should be emptied into a metal container with a tight fitting cover before you go to bed at night. It’s also a good idea to check for cigarette butts, which may have fallen behind cushions of sofas and chairs where smokers were sitting.

20. What is the greatest cause of death related to fire?

  • Answer: Most fire-related deaths are caused by smoke and heat.

21. What device is most effective for detecting a fire?

  • Answer: Your home should be equipped with a smoke detector since it is most likely to give you first warning of a fire.

22. Should an elevator be considered a good fire escape route?

  • Answer: Never try to use an elevator to escape a fire. In modern buildings after the fire alarm system is activated, elevators will return to the lobby and will not respond to call buttons. In older buildings, a call button activated by someone on the fire floor could stop your elevator and expose you to the fire. Know where the stairs are and use them in case of a fire.

23. If you must exit from a room through a window, which will not open what should you do?

  • Answer: Be sure the door is closed and sealed against smoke. Break the window with a drawer or chair and clean away the shards of glass. Go through the window feet first and sit on the ledge or roof until you can find another escape route or until help comes. If fire fighters bring a net for you to jump into, try to land in a sitting position.

24. What should you do if your clothes catch fire?

  • Answer: If your clothes catch fire, don’t run. Drop to the floor or ground immediately and roll. If a blanket, throw rug or coat is in easy reach, not more that five or six steps, wrapping that around you will help smother the fire. Don’t waste time, flames spread quickly.

25. If you must use a smoky hallway to exit from a burning building, what should you do?

  • Answer: Cover your mouth and nose, with a wet cloth if possible, crouch on your hands and knees and move along a wall. The freshest air will be close to the floor and that is where you should be.

Grade Yourself


100-90  |  You know what to do in a fire emergency and escaped in time. You’ve got the fire safety idea.

89-80  |  You barely escaped, but you’re catching on to fire safety. Brush up on areas you’re uncertain about.

79-70  |  Alive but singed, you’re cutting it close. Some fire safety fundamentals are still hazy, so take another look at the questions and answers.

69 & below  |  Hope you pull through. While you still have a chance, cover this material again and improve the odds of your staying alive.

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