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How To Escape If Caught In a Fire Outbreak

It takes just about two minutes for a fire to become life-threatening and about five minutes, for a residence to be engulfed in flames. Which is why you need to have this fire safety ideas at your fingertips.

Note : Fire travels FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. Fire outbreaks are usually unexpected and scary when it occurs. This attribute of it leaves many victims confused and frustrated. But, in-spite of these it is best to act as smart as possible and get yourself to safety.

It is very DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.

It is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin. That is about how hot fire is when burning.

It is Dark and THICK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.

During a fire outbreak here’s what you can do:

  • – Endeavour to know at least two ways out of any building. Prop fire or smoke doors open. Do not use elevators during an evacuation, always use the stairs.

-A functioning smoke alarm boosts your chances of surviving a potentially fatal home fire. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement. Replace the whole smoke alarm device every ten years or as directed by the manufacturer. Never turn off a smoke alarm while cooking — it could cause a fire.

-To elude the flames, crawl beneath them. Smoke and hazardous fumes produced by fire can cause dizziness or loss of consciousness if inhaled, which can be dangerous while attempting to flee a burning building. Crawl to the nearest exit, which may be a window, to get away from a fire and its gases.

-If the fire has only sparked—for example, a skillet on the stove catches fire—you may be able to put it out. Get hold of your fire extinguisher and remember to pass: draw the pin, aim at the base of the flames, press the extinguisher handle, and sweep from side to side until the fire is out. Check to see if the fire has fully died out and is not still smoldering.

-Check for heat in the doors and doorknobs.If you need to pass through a door to get to an escape, be sure it’s not heated. If the door (or doorknob) feels warm to the touch, there may be a fire on the other side. Do not open it. If the door is hot, do not open it, close it and move to a different exit immediately and flee to safety.

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