When you detect a fire

Shout “kaji da! (fire!)” when you detect a fire and alert your neighbors. If you are near a telephone, immediately dial 119 (refer to emergency on how to report a fire). If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, use any tool to splash water to prevent the further spread of fire. For oil fires, do not use liquids. Instead, pour something powdery on the flames, or wet a bed sheet or towel to smother the fire. Smoke from a burning house may contain toxic substances, so cover your nose and mouth with a wet towel and stay as low to the ground as possible when evacuating. Fires may break out during or after an earthquake. Gas pipes may also break during an earthquake, so evacuate the area immediately if you smell gas.