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What to Do if You Discover a Fire in Your Home
What you do if you discovered a fire in your home? Have you even given it any thought?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 2,500 people die in house fires every year. So, knowing what you would do in the event of a house fire is very important.
If you have a plan for what you will do if there is a fire in your home, you will be less likely to panic. It could save lives. Here’s what you should do if discover a fire in your home.
Try Not to Panic
Most people do panic when they discover a fire. It’s only natural, But, keeping a cool head will help you and your family get out of the house safely.
Staying calm is especially important if there are children in the house. Someone will need to take control of the situation. Someone will need to make sure that everyone gets out unharmed.
Alert Everyone to The Danger
The first thing to do is make sure that everyone in the home knows that there is a fire. Don’t assume that everyone has heard the smoke alarms. Even if it is a small fire, the priority must be to get your family out of the building.
Attempt to Put Out the Fire If You can
If it’s a small fire and you have discovered it early enough, try to put it out with a fire extinguisher. Remember to keep your back to an exit while you tackle the fire. If the flames rise above your head or the fire starts to get of control, leave the fire and get out of the building.
Put Your Emergency Exit Plan into Action
You should have escape routes already planned. This should be part of your fire safety precautions. Everyone should know where their nearest exit is. If you have practiced your fire escape plan, your family will know what their best escape route out of the building is.
Don’t Stop to Collect any Possessions
Don’t try and save any possessions. Your belongings are replaceable, your family is not. Even delaying your exit by a few minutes to pick up possessions could put you and your family at risk.
Close the Door to The Room the Fire is Located
If you can, close the door of the room that the fire is in. Even a standard door will help prevent the fire spreading. It could stop the fire spreading to the rest of the house while you are waiting for the fire department to arrive.
Stay Low and Check Doors Before You Open them
If the building has become filled with a smoke, get down low where there will be cleaner air. If you need to open an internal door to escape, check the door handle for heat first. Or, check the door with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, there may be fire on the other side of it, so use another exit if you can.
Don’t Use Elevators
If you live in an apartment, use the stairs to escape, not the elevator. If you get stuck in an elevator when there is a fire, you will be trapped.
Get Well Away from the Building
Take you and your family well away from the building. Parts of buildings may collapse in a house fire, or debris may fall to the ground.
When you are out of the building call 911 or get someone else to do it for you. Tell the operator what the address is and that there is a fire. Stay on the on the line until the fire crews arrive. This is in case they need any further help finding you.
Don’t Go back Into the Building
Don’t go back into the building to collect anything. Even if you think that the fire isn’t too bad. If you are in the building when the fire department arrives, you will hinder their efforts to put out the fire.
What to Do If you get Trapped Inside the Building
If you get trapped inside a building that is on fire, try to keep the smoke and flames out of the room you are in. Shut the doors and find something to cover any vents and the gaps around the door. If you can get to water, use damp cloth to cover gaps that smoke could get through.
If you find yourself trapped in a room on an upper story, try to attract attention by hanging something out of the window. Something that will be easy to see, like a white sheet or a piece of clothing.
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