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RACE is a useful acronym that helps staff to remember the proper steps in the correct order when responding to a fire emergency. This procedure can be used by an individual working alone, but is better applied by using teamwork.

  • RESCUE: remove anyone in danger. If necessary move patients behind the next set of fire doors.
  • ALARM: activate the nearest fire alarm.
  • CONTAIN: confine the fire by closing the surrounding windows and doors.
  • EXTINGUISH or EVACUATE: if the fire is small and you can extinguish it safely, use an extinguisher. If you cannot safely extinguish the fire, evacuate.