A building fire is one of the most terrifying things a person can experience. It’s important to know what to do in these situations to best protect yourself and those around you—don’t let fear and stress get the best of you. Just be sure to properly prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Read on for plenty of tips on staying safe during a fire.
Have a plan for how to escape
Preparation is key when it comes to fire safety. That’s why developing a good escape plan is necessary—especially if you live inside of a large building. To devise a good escape plan, it’s first important to know about all possible exits. For many people, their means of escape is a fire escape on the side of their building. For others, the front door is their best escape option. Either way, it’s important to know the best way of reaching this exit.
Escape planning should involve finding multiple ways to escape a room. You should also plan on avoiding elevators. There’s a lot that goes into escape planning, which is why many decide to invest in training.
Keep low to the ground
It’s best to avoid smoke when you can. If you’re on your way to the fire escape or front door and notice a large cloud of smoke, drop to the ground, and start crawling. This can help minimize the amount of smoke going into your lungs, as smoke naturally rises. It’s often recommended to keep your head around 1 to 2 feet off the ground.
Know how to use a fire extinguisher
If you are a business owner, be sure that you and all your employees know how to properly use the fire extinguisher. While using a fire extinguisher is pretty easy, you should avoid trying to figure it out during a fire. When operating most fire extinguishers, you should first pull the pin located in the handle; then aim the nozzle at the fire. Be sure to spray near the base of the fire, and sweep the nozzle from side to side.
What to do if you’re on fire
Stop, drop and roll! You’ve probably heard it at least a hundred times growing up—that’s because this method is very effective in smothering flames. If your clothes have caught on fire, cover your face, drop to the ground and start rolling. Be sure to avoid running, as this won’t put out the fire and may actually make things worse.
If you experience a burn, avoid placing ice against it. Instead, run the burn under cool water for around 15 minutes. Be sure to contact a doctor immediately.
Now that you know what to do in case of a fire, start preparing right away. If your building has a fire escape and you’d like help with escape planning, get in touch with the team at Great Escape Fire Escape Service today. We also offer top-quality fire escape maintenance and inspection services to ensure your path to safety is secure and reliable.