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.