Sayings and acronyms

There are sayings and acronyms that have been used in public fire education to provide easily stated phrases that contain lifesaving information. I may not name them all, but I will explain every one that I state, with the same hope of providing information that will save one’s life.

Change your clocks; change your batteries
This saying prompts people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms, at least two times each year, when they change their clocks. In fact, it is that time of the year.

When you go out, blow out
This saying prompts people to blow out candles when you leave a room where candles are burning. Never leave candles burning in an unoccupied room unless the candle is in a safe container. All candles should be blown out before going to bed, or leaving the home.

Stay low and go
When your smoke alarms are going off and you are in bed, a person should roll out of bed, stay low and go to the closest exit. Smoke and heat rise, leaving the best air at the floor in a fire.

Get out and stay out!
This statement exclaims the importance of not going back into a burning building once a person has escaped.

Stop, drop and roll
When a person’s clothing catches on fire, they are instructed to stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth until the fire goes out.

Hang and drop
This saying prompts a person who has to exit a building through a window to hang onto the windowsill and then drop to the ground. This occurs because a person finds their closed door hot when their house is on fire. Fire or smoke conditions dictate that a person exit via a window versus waiting for assistance from neighbors or firefighters.

Exit drill in the home. This acronym is used to talk to people about the importance of performing fire drills in one’s home.

Pull the pin; aim the nozzle; squeeze the handle; sweep at the base of the fire. This acronym teaches people how to use a fire extinguisher.
These sayings and acronyms have been around for a long time. If heeded, these statements can help adults and children prevent or take proper actions, in the event of a residential fire. I encourage each person that reads this article to share this information with your family. It might mean the difference between life and death.


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