Fire prevention skills and what to do in the event of a fire outbreak are important to everyone. In the home, school and workplaces, these skills become valuable at the slightest threat of fire outbreak, and the skills could also prove invaluable when there is an impending car fire.
No one likes to talk about fire. It is the last subject on the lips of many when discussing, but the havoc that a fire outbreak can cause to both lives and property makes it an important discussion that must feature in family conversations and even in schools and offices. Below are some tips for dealing with fire outbreak:
Prevention is your best bet
It is better and safer to prevent the outbreak of fire in the first place than to escape from or put off one. Prevention saves you the cost that comes with putting off a fire. Here are some tips for preventing a fire outbreak:
- Keep the candle on the candle stand and always put it off when not in use.
- Get a thunder arrestor.
- Always put off appliances when not in use.
- Do not overload electrical sockets.
- Do not smoke in bed or when you are near your bedtime.
- Do not use your phone in the kitchen to avoid distraction while using appliances like gas cookers.
- Put off phones while in the filling station.
- Avoid tampering with electrical appliances if you don’t have knowledge of how to fix their faults.
What to do when caught in a fire outbreak
Get Out Quickly: The first thing to do in the event of a fire outbreak is to get out as quickly as possible. But smoke from the fire can make it hard to get out quickly that is why people are always advised to have an escape plan that is known to all family members and can be used during a fire outbreak.
The first thing most security conscious people do when entering a building is to check for the number of exits in the room or hall. This gives them an idea of how to beat a fire outbreak by escaping through the closest exit when others are probably unprepared and running helter-skelter.
Approach the doors wisely: while getting out, the direction of the fire or where it is hottest may be unknown. Therefore, you should check if there is heat or smoke coming in the cracks around the door. This is to determine if there is fire on the other side.
Also, if you see smoke coming under the door, don’t open the door, and if you discover there is no smoke, touch the door to determine if it is hot or warm. If it is, refrain from that exit. But if the door is neither hot nor warm, check the door knob for temperature, if hot, do not open.
Stay Low: it is recommended you stay low to the ground as you make your way out of the smoke-filled room. Most times, it is the smoke and poisonous air that kills in a fire than the actual raging flames.
It is the nature of smoke to rise; so you will breathe less smoke if you are on the floor. Therefore, crawl on your hands and knees if there is smoke on your way to your exit.
Once you are out, do not head back for any valuables until the fire has been put out by the fire-fighters.
Windows: in the case where you cannot get to your exit because it has been blocked by smoke or because the fire is raging more towards it, avoid the temptation of hiding under the bed or covering yourself up with anything flammable. Never hide in closets. If there is a window close by, use it to call for help, or a means of escape if possible. Grab a piece of clothing and place it over your mouth to keep from taking in too much smoke.