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Before a House Fire

  • D.I.T.H (Exit Drills In The Home)
  • Make sure windows are not stuck and screens can be taken out quickly
  • Find 2 escape routes out of each room

During a House Fire

  • Crawl, exit, and call 911
  • Evacuate and assist others
  • Seal doors and vents if you are unable to evacuate
  • Feel the doorknob with the back of your hand before exiting

After a House Fire

  • Check with fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter
  • LAFD will contact Red Cross if you need temporary housing, food and medicines
  • Do not attempt to connect utilities yourself. The fire department will assist you
  • Contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property. If you are not insured, contact private organizations for aid
  • Maintain an inventory of damaged property and items
  • Save receipts for any money spent related to fire loss

Learn more about what to do in the event of a emergency

Prepared by the Los Angeles Fire Department, this Emergency Preparedness Guide has valuable information about a wide range of emergencies.