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What should you do when a fire breaks out?

A seemingly ordinary day can take a dangerous turn when a fire breaks out in the blink of an eye. Fires can start for various reasons, and the key to surviving such a situation is knowing how to react swiftly and calmly. Which is why it’s important that you have proper fire safety awareness training.

Your safety and the safety of those around you depend on your actions in those crucial moments.

Here are some essential steps to follow when a fire breaks out.

How do you handle a situation when a fire breaks out?

Stay calm

Panic is your worst enemy in a fire emergency. Take a deep breath, and try to remain as calm as possible. This will allow you to think clearly and make rational decisions. So, when a fire breaks out, make sure that you start thinking logically.

Alert others

If you discover a fire, alert those around you immediately. Shout and inform others and activate the fire alarm if available. Also, dial the emergency number as soon as possible. Please provide them with accurate information about the location and size of the fire.

Exit safely

If the fire is small and contained, you may attempt to extinguish it using a fire extinguisher. However, if the fire is spreading rapidly or smoke makes it difficult to see then your priority should be to exit the building. Familiarise yourself with the emergency exit routes in the building in advance. Exit stairwells are usually a safe option. Do not use elevators during a fire, they could malfunction and trap you.

Stay low

If there is smoke, stay close to the ground where the air is clearer. Smoke rises, and by staying low, you can reduce your exposure to toxic fumes. Before opening a door, check the doorknob or the space around it. If it’s hot to the touch, there may be fire on the other side, and it’s best to find an alternative route.

Cover your nose and mouth

If you have a cloth or mask, use it to cover your nose and mouth. This can help filter out some of the smoke and toxic gases. If you are trapped and unable to escape, signal for help by waving a cloth or using a flashlight. Make noise to alert rescuers to your location.

Preventative measures

The best way to deal with a fire is to prevent it in the first place. Ensure your home or workplace has smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and that you are familiar with the evacuation plan.

For comprehensive fire safety awareness training, contact Safety & Health Ltd. We provide customised fire safety training courses so you can choose a fire safety course that suits your needs.