Four Facts About Fire
||FIRE IS BLACK|
A real fire is so dark that you can barely see the flames. You will be lost and confused by the thick smoke even in your own bedroom, unless you know what to do. You must know how to escape your home with your eyes closed!
||THE SMELL OF SMOKE WILL NOT WAKE YOU|
The poisonous gases actually put you into a deeper sleep. Most fires occur at night and only a loud noise, such as a smoke alarm, will woke you when you're sleeping.
||THE FIRE'S HEAT IS INTENSE|
You don't have to be near the flames to be injured. Your body cannot survive temperatures higher than 150 degrees, and a fire can rage over 600 degrees! Learn what you can do to survive this kind of heat.
||THERE IS NO TIME TO THINK|
You may have as little as one minute to escape once a fire starts. If a fire is not put out in 30 seconds it should be considered beyond control. Every second must be used to get out.
What To Do In A Fire
When the fire alarm wakes you, roll out of bed to the floor.
| Always stay as dose to the floor as possible; the air is cleaner and cooler near the ground. In a blaze, the temperature at knee level may be as cod as 90 degrees, but a burning 690 degrees at shoulder level. Stay on your hands and knees to avoid the heat and smoke. |
||Crawl to the door, and touch it to see if it’s hot. If the door is cool, open it a crock to check for smoke. If there is none, leave by your escape route. Remember to crawl, and keep your head low. On your way out, be sure to close all doors behind you. This can delay the fire for hours. |
Do not open the door if it feels hot! exactly where you are. Shout for help and signal your position by waving a bright cloth, towel or sheet.
Opening toe door will only let in the harmful smoke and gas. Keep the door shut and look for on alternate escape route. Go out the window if possible.
If you are unable to leave your room or apartment, seal the cracks around the door with wet towels or blankets, and try to let some fresh air in through the window. Call the fire department if you can and tell them
||If your clothes catch fire, do not run! STOP where you are, DROP to the ground, and ROLL to put out the flames|
Now you've learned what to do if you are if caught in a fire, but do you know how to keep a fire from breaking out in your home?
Here are some of the most common causes of fire. Search your house to see if you spot any of these danger signs.
- Cigarettes left smoldering near a bed or sofa
- Cooking left unattended
- Overloaded electrical outlets
- Children playing with lighters or matches
Practice Fire Safety
|| Always sleep with your bedroom door closed.|
The closed door will delay the fire and give you time to escape. It is also a good idea to keep a flashlight near your bed so you can find your way around. Remember, in a red fire there is no light!
||Make sure your family has a fire escape plan.|
Everyone in your home should know two escape routes from every room. With your parents, decide on a place outside where you con meet to be sure everyone has escaped safely. PRACTICE a Home Fire Drill often!
||Know how to did the emergency fire number|
Many, but not all cities have the emergency number, 911. Find out what the emergency number is in your area, and post it where it will be easily seen. Memorize your complete address so you can tell it to the fire department.
||Because the smell of smoke will not wake you while you sleep, you must rely on a smoke alarm to save your life. Make sure your home has a smoke alarm near each sleeping area and escape route. Remember to change the batteries often. |
DO THIS TEST AT HOME.
Stand in your bedroom or another room that you know very well. Close your eyes and turn around three times. Keeping your eyes closed, crawl on your hands and knees to the door. Can you find it quickly in the dark?
This is how you would feel in a real fire. Even if you know your room very well, it will be difficult to find your way out. You can be prepared by practicing your escape route often and keeping a flashlight nearby.
For questions about fire safety contact one of our Fire Prevention Inspectors at 574-3731