Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation

Are You F.I.R.E. Ready?

If there was a fire in your home, would you know the best way to escape? In most house or apartment fires, a properly prepared or maintained window can provide the quickest, safest, and most immediate way out.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation, is pleased to offer the Family Instructions for Rapid Escape (F.I.R.E.) guide and coloring book, so families can make their homes F.I.R.E. ready and learn how to safely escape.

Do not wait for fire to strike to think about escape.
Planning ahead can save your life!


Keep all bedroom doors closed when sleeping. A closed door will slow the spread of fire and deadly smoke and gases – and help save lives!


A flashlight and whistle can be used to signal for help if you become trapped.


The F.I.R.E. guide was researched, developed, and written by the Los Angeles County Fire Captain Brian Cieslak.

The accompanying F.I.R.E. coloring book was illustrated by Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Paramedic Richard Zuniga.

The materials were edited and designed by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Communications Section.

Printed materials for the F.I.R.E. guide and coloring book are made possible in cooperation with, and through funding by, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation.

Printing of the F.I.R.E. guide and coloring books was also made possible by a generous grant provided by So Cal Edison.

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