Test Your Fire Safety IQ

  • Doss, Howard J.

"Get Out, Stay Out, Your Fire Safe Response," is the theme for the National Fire Prevention Association:s Fire Prevention Week, October 3 - 9. The following test is to help you determine your Fire Safety IQ.

  1. A fire escape plan should include knowing two ways out of
    1. the neighborhood
    2. the kitchen
    3. the basement
    4. all of the above

  2. Who should participate in developing and practicing the plan?
    1. parents only
    2. children only
    3. entire family
    4. none of the above

  3. If fire breaks out, I should immediately
    1. call an ambulance
    2. call the fire department then escape
    3. turn off the electricity
    4. escape and call the fire department from a neighbor's telephone

  4. It's OK to use an elevator to escape from a fire in a multi-story building.
    1. true
    2. false

  5. If someone is trapped inside a burning building, it is best to
    1. send the strongest person back in to find them
    2. inform fire fighters where you think the person is
    3. go back inside yourself
    4. assume they'll get out on their own

  6. Which of the following time segments accounts for the largest number of fire deaths?
    1. midnight to 4 a.m.
    2. 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    3. noon to 6 p.m.
    4. 6 p.m. to midnight

  7. If you have to escape through an area with smoke in it, the best thing to do is
    1. stop, drop and roll
    2. wait to be rescued
    3. retreat into a closet
    4. crawl low, under the smoke

  8. If the smoke detector awakens you at night and you think there's a fire outside your bedroom, you should pull open the door and race out.
    1. true
    2. false

  9. In a fire, it's wise to take time to get dressed and gather valuables before escaping.
    1. true
    2. false

  10. If your clothing ever catches on fire, you should
    1. run to the bathtub or shower
    2. sit still and yell for help
    3. stop, drop and roll
    4. put baking soda on it

  11. If trapped on the third floor of a house, it is best to
    1. jump
    2. break the window
    3. wait to be rescued
    4. throw pieces of furniture to get attention

  12. You should know two ways out of every room
    1. at home
    2. at work
    3. at friends' homes
    4. all of the above

See answers in the next section.

Reference: National Fire Protection Association, Battery March Park, Quincy, MA 0226-9101. NFPA Newsletter 7/93.

Michigan State University, Agricultural Engineering Department.

Howard J. Doss, Safety Leader, Agricultural Engineering Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1323.

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