Waking up to the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke is a scary thing you don’t want to experience.
However, fire incidents can happen when you least expect it, so you have to be always prepared.
For today’s article, we’ll tackle the things to remember when in a house fire.
Use the fire extinguisher.
If you have a smoke or fire alarm installed in your home, it will be triggered in case of fire.
That’s where knowing how to operate a fire extinguisher is helpful.
Keep in mind the acronym PASS which stands for Pin, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. First, you need to pull the pin on the extinguisher’s handle.
Next, you must aim the nozzle on the fire’s base and slowly squeeze the lever. After that, you just have to sweep the nozzle from side to side until the fire is gone.
Remember that you should only use the fire extinguisher to put out small fires. If the fire is too big, just leave.
Find the nearest exit.
If you hear the fire alarm, drop everything you’re doing and find the nearest exit. Make sure to inform all the people inside and your neighbors.
We recommend you create an escape plan for your family in case of fire.
When you’re evacuating from a burning house, make sure to stay low to the floor. Through this, you can breathe less toxic smoke and fumes.
The smoke from the fire is toxic. If you inhale a lot, you can be unconscious in just minutes.
Get a damp towel or cloth to cover your nose if you have time. Doing this can help prevent smoke from entering your lungs.
Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire.
It’s hard not to panic when your clothes catch fire, but you must stay alert to prevent the fire from spreading.
Fortunately, stop, drop, and roll are taught during fire drills at elementary schools, so even kids can recall what to do in this incident.
Remember to stop moving, drop to the ground, and roll over your back until the fire is extinguished. Doing so can lessen possible injuries and put out the fire quickly.
Call the fire department.
Being prepared is the best way to deal with fire accidents.
If you can’t get out of your house, it’s best to call for firefighters that can help during an emergency.
In the meantime, if you’re trapped inside a room, get curtains or blankets to block the cracks around the door. Through this, you can keep the heat and smoke at bay while waiting for rescue.