Smoke emits from the kitchen in Hooper's Store, and Alan and Maria take the proper fire safety precautions: Alan tries to set it out with the fire extinguisher, and Maria calls the fire department. When they arrive, the firefighters explain what both kids and adults should do when there is a fire. One of the firefighters, Bill, explains to Elmo the function of each piece of equipment that he wears to alleviate Elmo's fear of firefighters.
Dwight is confident that experience is the best teacher. He simulates a real fire for his co-workers to find out if they understand what to do in the event of a fire. During the simulation, he tries to give them advice, but they are too panicked to pay attention to him.