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Zara works in an assisted living facility and is taking a break outside when she sees a small fire burning near the area where guests and residents often smoke. Zara knows that it could spread rapidly and be dangerous for residents, guests, and staff. During a fire drill that she participated in a few weeks ago to help prepare staff for a fire emergency, she was taught that the word “RACE” can help her remember how to react to a fire and protect people in danger.

The ‘R’ stands for rescue, so she immediately begins looking around to see if any other people are nearby. When she sees a few residents assembled in a courtyard that is close to the fire, she runs over to them to tell them there is a fire nearby. She helps them to relocate to a safe place that is farther away from the fire.

The ‘A’ in RACE stands for alarm. After ensuring that the residents closest to the fire are safe, Zara hurries to pull a fire alarm. The alarm will alert other people in the building that there is a fire. Then she calls 9-1-1 on her cell phone to report the fire.

The letter ‘C’ stands for contain. When a fire is contained, it stops spreading to other areas. Zara closes the windows near where the fire is burning, which she hopes will help to keep the fire from spreading to the inside of the building.

The letter ‘E’ stands for extinguish. Zara knows where the fire extinguishers are located, and she takes one and pulls out the safety pin. Pointing the hose at the base of the fire, she squeezes the handle and sprays from side to side.

Thanks to Zara’s quick response and the information she remembered about the word “RACE”, she was able to protect residents, guests, and staff.

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Responding to a Fire Emergency

© 2015 by Southwest Adult Basic Education

Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners