Dos and Don’ts When A Fire Starts
If you’ve ever been caught in a fire (hopefully you haven’t) — it’s a frightening experience. People panic and forget what they’ve been taught to do in this type of situation. But, knowing the dos and don’ts of handling a fire can reduce financial loss and help keep you safe. Here are the dos and don’ts when a fire starts:
Do: Have An Evacuation Plan
An evacuation plan isn’t just about choosing a door to leave out of in case of a fire. When creating an evacuation plan, consider the location of nearby fire extinguishers, fire station pull alarms, and where important items such as medication and medical equipment are stored.
Don’t: Break Windows
Never ever break a window during a fire. While it might seem smart to break windows to get rid of smoke, this action directly gives the fire more access to oxygen. Oxygen fuels fires and makes them spread fast. In the few precious moments you have, it is much better to look for an escape route.
Do: Utilize Stop, Drop, and Roll
In the event that your clothes catch on fire, try your best to remember to stop, drop, and roll. Stop what you are doing, drop to the ground (and cover your face if possible), and roll back and forth on the ground until the flames go out. If your clothes catch on fire, it is imperative that you deal with this situation to prevent serious or life-threatening burns.
Don’t: Open Hot Doors
A hot door means that there is a strong fire on the other side. Because that door is closed, it is actually holding the fire back by containing it. Opening the door would only allow the fire to spread more, which is something you definitely do not want. Use the back of your hand to feel if a door is hot or not.