Fire Safety/ FAQs

January 20, 2010 3:27:03 PM PST
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 are the steps for high-rise fire procedures represented by the Chicago Fire Department's acronym C.A.L.M.?


  • C- Call 9-1-1
  • A- Alert building management
  • L- Listen for instructions
  • M- Move when directed to do so

    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

    Q: What are the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

    A: Flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness and fatigue