What To Do In An Air Raid: Clip this out for handy reference :: Nisqually Valley News

1. In any air raid on blackout, take cover immediately.

(a) If you are away from home, get off the street. You are ten times safer in a building than standing or walking on the street. If you are in a car, pull to the side of the radio immediately (sic). Do not double park. Keep clear of fire plugs. Get out of the car, bus, or street car and take shelter.

(b) If you are at home, take immediate blackout precautions. Extinguish all lights. Have your fire protection equipment ready. Go to your blackout room: it should be the safest room in your home. Stay away from windows. Bomb explosions shatter glass for considerable distances.


2. Don’t use the telephone. Remember those persons who have been trained to protect you—–the air raid wardens, fire watchers (sic), auxiliary firemen, auxiliary police and many others must be able to get really important messages through. Your personal calls have got to wait until after the all-clear signal.


3. If you are caught in the open lie down on your stomach. You are twice as safe lying down as standing up on your feet.


4. If incendiary bombs fall, play a coarse spray of water on them. Put out the fires started by incendiaries first then devote your attention on the bomb. The coarse spray of water burns the bomb up faster. A heavy jet, stream or bucket of water will make the bomb explode. If you have no way of treating the bomb with water, cover it with dry sand. Then with a blunt nosed shovel scoop the bomb into a pile of sand. Dump the sand and bomb into a pail and take it outside.


5. Remember, obey your air raid warden and other members of the United States Citizens Defense corps. They are trying to help you.


Above all—keep cool; stay home; put out lights; take shelter; lie down; stay away from windows. You can help by obeying the rules.





  1. Serious injury may result from exposure to liquid gas which may fall from airplanes. It is, therefore, imperative to remain indoors and keep windows closed.


  1. War gases are heavier than air. If you are inside a building, remain there, and, if possible, go upstairs. Do not complicate the military effort by leaving your house unless circumstances make it absolutely necessary. If you are outised and not able to immediately go indoors, walk—-do not run— get out of the gas area. Avoid puddles of liquid gas, basements, valleys and other low places.


  1. If windows of your room are broken, go to another room, or get out of the building.


  1. If you have been exposed to a war gas——-

(a)  Breath (sic) through clothes wet with baking soda solution.

(b)   If you can go inside a building, do so, but first remove your outer clothing and leave it outside.

(c)    Wash your hands and then your face with laundry soap and water.

(d)   Wash your eyes at once with a large amount of a solution of baking soda (sic); one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.

(e)   Take a bath, using plenty of laundry soap.

(f)     Wash your eyes again with baking soda solution.


  1. If splashes of liquid gas have gotten on you——-

(a)  Using small pieces of cloth cleansing tissues or toilet paper, blot us as much of the liquid as you can, being careful not to spread it.

(b)   Daub the contaminated area with cloths wet with clorox, purex, sani-clor, etc.

(c)    Steps B, C, D, E and F in 4 above.


  1. Do not get excited. Lie down and cover yourself with a blanket.


      Your raid warden will summon medical aid.

      There is no immediate serous (sic) danger from exposure to any known way gas if you follow these simple rules.



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