Talking about fires can be scary because no one likes to think about people getting hurt or their things getting burned. But you can feel less worried if you are prepared. Know Your Way Out
An escape plan can help every member of a family get out of a burning house. The idea is to get outside quickly and safely. Smoke from a fire can make it hard to see where things are, so it's important to learn and remember the different ways out of your home. It's possible one way out could be blocked by fire or smoke, so you'll want to know where other ones are. Safety Steps
If you're in a room with the door closed when the fire breaks out, you need to take a few extra steps: * Check to see if there's heat or smoke coming in the cracks around the door. (You're checking to see if there's fire on the other side.) * If you see smoke coming under the door — don't open the door! * If you don't see smoke — touch the door. If the door is hot or very warm — don't open the door! * If you don't see smoke — and the door is not hot — then use your fingers to lightly touch the doorknob. If the doorknob is hot or very warm — don't open the door! If the doorknob feels cool, and you can't see any smoke around the door, you can open the door very carefully and slowly. When you open the door, if you feel a burst of heat, or smoke pours into the room, quickly shut the door and make sure it is really closed. If there's no smoke or heat when you open the door, go toward your escape route exit. Stay Low
If you can see smoke in the house, stay low to the ground as you make your way to the exit. In a fire, smoke and poisonous air hurt more people than the actual flames do. You'll breathe less smoke if you stay close to the ground. Smoke naturally rises, so if there is smoke while you're using your escape route, staying low means you can crawl under most of it. You should unlock the windows, open them. Sometimes, families even have collapsible rescue ladders that can be used to escape from upper floors of a house Once you're out, do not go back in for anything. You can tell the fire rescue people about any person that were left behind and they may be able to help. What if You Can't Get Out Right Away?
If you can't get out fast, because fire or smoke is blocking an escape route, you can yell for help from an open window or call if you have a phone with you. Even if you're scared, never hide under the bed or in a closet. Then, firefighters will have a hard time finding you. The sooner they find you, the sooner you both can get out. If you can grab a piece of clothing or a towel, wet it first and place it over your mouth to keep from breathing in the smoke. If Your Clothes Catch Fire
A person's clothes could catch fire during a fire or by accident, like if you step too close to a candle. If this happens, don't run! Instead, stop, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll. This will cut off the air and put out the flames. An easy way to remember this is: Stop, Drop, and Roll Preventing Fires
Every year, kids of all ages start over 35,000 fires that hurt people and damage property. You can do your part to prevent fires by never playing with matches, lighters, and other fire sources. Also stay away from fireplaces, candles, and stoves.
Guidance on fire safety
How do fires start at work?
Fires cannot occur without a source of ignition. You should identify sources of ignition and control their potential to start a fire. Examples are: Cigarettes;
Matches / lighters;
Hot work (welding, grinding etc);
With the obvious exception of willful fireraising (arson), most fires can be prevented by employees taking care whilst at work. It is worth making the effort! All large fires start as small fires or even sparks but the consequences can be personal, financial and environmental disaster. Fire prevention
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