House fires are terrifying and often tragic unfortunate events which can end up costing you a lot of money, and even some bodily injury and death. Despite the seriousness of the matter, a surprisingly small number of people actually know what to do in case of a fire.
There are fire safety companies which offer a variety of services, including some basic training in case of a fire. In most situations, it is much better to prevent the fir from ever occurring, but it is not always possible to protect your home completely. That’s why it is important to know what to do.
Learn to Use a Fire Extinguisher
There are different kinds of fire extinguishers, and depending on the type you have, you may need to learn a special technique of using it. Typically, homes are equipped with wet chemical fire extinguishers, because these extinguishers are used to put out cooking fires which are the most common type of house fire.
However, if your fire is not caused by burning oil, do not use the fire extinguisher on it, because you can make the situation worse and potentially get injured.
Get to Safety
If you cannot contain the fire, the first thing you need to do is get out of the house and make sure that all of your family members are out as well. Do not return inside, no possessions are worth getting seriously injured or dying for. The fire is not the most dangerous aspect of a house fire, smoke and toxic gases that you may breathe in are more likely causes of harm.
Once you are outside, you should immediately call 911 and tell them what has happened. Ideally, you should do this in a calm manner so that help can get there as soon as possible.
If You Cannot Leave the Room
In some instances, you may not be able to leave the room. Whether due to the heat, the smoke, or any other reason. If that is the case, you need to call 911, protect yourself as best as you can, and wait for the fire department to arrive. Here are a couple of good practices.
If you are trapped in the room which is blocked from the exit by the fire, put a wet towel under the door to prevent the smoke from coming in. You can also put a wet rag on your face in order to help you breathe. Seeing how the smoke rises, keep low to the ground.
If you touch the door, and the doorknob is very hot, do not attempt to open that door. It will give the fire on the other side of the door a lot of new oxygen to burn, and you will stoke the flames.
If Your Clothes Catch Fire
A lot of people know what to do in a situation like this, but if you don’t, just remember these three simple words – stop, drop, and roll. You need to stop whatever you were doing since this is not a priority. You need to starve the fire on you of oxygen, which is best done by dropping to the ground and rolling around until the fire has burned out.
Do not try to run, because you will only feed the flames the oxygen it needs to burn. Once you have put out the fire on your body, make sure to cool down the burns with cold water if possible, since that may help the healing and the pain.
Nobody wants to think about a house fire, and people have the ‘I hope it’s not me’ mentality about it. However, the only way to be sure that you will know what to do if the unimaginable happens is by thinking about it in advance.
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