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Schools, day camps, adult groups, senior groups, and any other groups are invited to experience history and fire-safety education in our restored firehouse by taking a tour. The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati is happy to host a tour for your group of 10 or more visitors. You may choose to have your tour led by a trained museum guide, or choose to browse the museum in a self-guided tour. Tours led by a trained museum guide begin at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Other times are available by request. Call (513) 621-5553 for reservations and details.
No one ever expects to be the victim of a fire. But if it ever happens to you, you can be prepared then by learning fire-safety tips now.
Key Fire-Safety Tips
- If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll.
- Never open a hot door. Lightly touch the doorknob to gauge its temperature. If it's hot, it means there's fire on the other side.
- Never use an open flame in a tent.
- Plan and practice escape routes from your home.
- In a fire, crawl on your hands and knees below the smoke.
- Smother a pan fire with a lid. Never use water.
- Turn all pot handles away from the front of a stove.
- Cool all burns with cold water.
When Should You Try to Fight the Fire?
If there is a fire spreading beyond the spot where it started, if it could block your exit, or if you aren't sure how your fire extinguisher works, do not try to fight the fire. Simply get yourself and others out as soon as possible.
It is OK to try to fight the fire if:
- You already called the fire department and help is on the way.
- The fire is small (confined to its origin in a cooking pan, wastebasket, or small appliance).
- Your fire extinguisher is in working order and you know how to use it.
- You can fight the fire with your back to an exit.
- You will be able to recognize if your effort is failing and you will be able to get out safely.
If you are ever in doubt about whether or not to fight a fire, do not try to fight it! Simply get yourself and others out as soon as possible.