One night last fall, Kaliyah woke up around 2 a.m. She smelled smoke.
“I could barely breathe,” Kaliyah recalls.
She sprang out of bed to investigate. That’s when she saw a fire. It was blazing on the stove in the kitchen. The flames were starting to spread.
Kaliyah didn’t panic. Thanks to a fire drill at her school, she knew exactly what to do. She held a bandanna in front of her nose and mouth. This blocked the smoke. Then she dropped to the ground, where there’s less smoke. Kaliyah crawled to her mom’s bedroom to wake her up. Then she woke up her younger siblings. She even put some of them over her shoulder and carried them outside.
“I was scared, but I was more focused on trying to get everybody out,” Kaliyah says.
Firefighters arrived and put out the flames. The house was destroyed. But because of Kaliyah, no one was hurt.
Kaliyah’s Tip: “Try not to panic. If you do, you won’t be able to think clearly.”