What If You Live in an Apartment?
If you live in an apartment, know the building's evacuation plan, which is supposed to be posted in a public area. The manager should hold a fire drill at least twice a year; if not, ask for one. If there are security bars on your windows, be sure you can open them from the inside. Never use an elevator in a fire; show your kids how to find the stairs and exits. Depending on the location and extent of a fire, your best bet may be to stay in your apartment and wait for firefighters. For example, if the stairwells are filled with smoke and there's no outdoor fire escape, or you can't get through the fire to your exit, close all the doors behind you and stay in a room with windows. Wave a light-colored cloth or a flashlight to help firefighters find you.