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Your Safety During A Home Fire

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Safety During A Home Fire If fire strikes, you need to act fast, be calm, and stay smart

Fire doesn’t ring the doorbell. Fire doesn’t announce it’s coming. Fire surprises you. Here are some tips to keep you safe even if fire sneaks up on you.

  1. React as soon as you see fire or smoke or hear your smoke alarm go off.

Try to exit your home as safely as possible. Do not try to grab your phone, valuables, or other important possessions. Leave directly and immediately. Your only concern is to get yourself and others out of as fast as possible. Nothing else is as important as this.

  1. Stay calm.

If you rush or panic you won’t make the best decisions in a fire. Stay calm and think logically. You may be in charge of family members or others. Be aware of any other people in the fire and lead them to safety. Listen carefully to what they tell you and deal patiently with urgent situations first.

  1. Check doors for heat.

During a fire don’t go through any closed door until you feel it with the back of your hand. Feel both the bottom and top of the door. If it feels hot do not open it. Opening a hot door puts you at risk of being burned. You may also add fuel (oxygen) to the fire. Find another way out.

  1. Have everyone stay low.

Smoke and heated gases rise. You want to stay away from them. Tell family members to crouch or crawl and stay low. This will reduce the chances of anyone inhaling smoke or dangerous gases.

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  1. Before using a fire extinguisher, make sure these four conditions are met.

Often, you’re better off to let professionals handle any fire. Only use a fire extinguisher when:

1) The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing

2) The room is not filled with smoke

3) Everyone else has exited your home or the building

4) The fire department has been called

  1. Keep a safe distance.

Remember most fire extinguishers can reach 8 to 12 feet. Stay as far away from the fire as you can.

  1. Use PASS.

Fire fighters recommend the PASS method when working with a fire extinguisher:

P: Pull the pin and hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you. 

A: Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S: Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

  1. Is the fire bigger than you are?

One general rule is if the fire is bigger than you are, it’s too big for you to put out safely. Call your local fire department

  1. Face the fire.

Fires are unpredictable. Don’t turn your back on a fire. Conditions can quickly change. Always be aware of the fire’s size, condition, and position.

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  1. Observe the smoke.

You need to do more than avoid the heat and flames. You must avoid the smoke, too. More turbulent smoke means more dangerous fire conditions. Is smoke pushing out of the top of a door? Then do not enter. Does the area contain significant amounts of smoke? Then the fire probably exceeds your ability to handle it. Call your local fire department.

  1. Have everyone meet at a designated meeting place.

Your family or employees should have a specific place well away from your home or business that you will meet at in case of a fire. Knowing where to meet and having two or more ways to get there reduces the risk of leaving someone behind or not knowing where everyone is if you evacuate your home or building.

  1. Can’t get out? Stay in a fire-free, smoke-free room with the doors closed.

If smoke, heat, or flames block every exit route, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the local fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help. Yell for help.

Other Blog Posts About Fire  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog we publish educational articles on how Glastonbury and Wethersfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, or other damage. Here are two other blog posts about fire:

Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy

Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

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