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What should I do if there is a fire in my house?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

If there is a fire in your house, do the following:

• Check the door: If it's hot, step away. If the door is open and you see
  smoke or fire, close it.

• Block the smoke: Using blankets or towels, cover the bottom of the door
  to slow the smoke's entry.

• Get low: The temperature near the ground can be 600 degrees cooler
  than near the ceiling and the air is clearer.

• Crawl to the window: A room can fill with smoke in as little as 3 minutes,
  so move quickly. Stay low, crawling on knuckles and knees (the synthetic
  fibers of rugs can burn your palms). Open the window, and if you're on
  the first or second floor, jump (a broken bone is better than the other
  option). If you're higher, stay crouched below the windowsill--it's the
  first place rescuers will look for you.

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