5 Tips to Survive a Home or Office Fire


5 Tips to Survive a Home or Office Fire

5 Tips to Survive a Home or Office Fire

5 Tips to Survive a Home or Office Fire

You can never be too careful with fires. Although we might do our best to take preventative measures and observe best practices when it comes to fire safety, there are times when unforeseen circumstances can cause disaster to strike — when this happens, knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death.

Follow these tips to reduce panic in a fire and increase your chances of survival.

1. Planning An Escape Route

No matter if the fire occurs at home or in an office, the objective should always be to get out safely and quickly. Escaping a fire is easier if you have a planned escape route or routes and know where to go. 

Your escape route should be easy to get to, free of obstructions that could get in your way, or anything that could trip you. Ideally, it should be wide enough to fit a steady flow of people without any bottlenecks. There should also be a designated meeting point once you are outside the building to do a headcount and contact the fire department.

2. Get Out as Quickly as Possible

If you find yourself caught in a building while a fire has just started or is spreading, your first instinct should be to get out as quickly as possible. Don’t waste time trying to pick up valuables or possessions as every second counts. Call for help only after you’ve secured your own safety.

3. Check Doors Before Opening Them

If you’re unsure of where the fire is coming from and meet a closed door during your escape, don’t open it immediately. Instead, use the back of your hand to touch the door or its handle. If it feels warm, the fire may be on the other side of the door. 

If you are trapped in a room, soak towels, bedsheets or shirts and use them to block the spaces under doors. Get close to and open a source of outside ventilation like a window and call for help.

4. Stay Low If There’s Smoke

Smoke in a fire can be toxic and suffocating. Smoke and hot air rises, so stay low to the ground to limit your exposure. Smoke inhalation accounts for more than half of fire-related deaths, so it is crucial to be aware and avoid breathing it in during a fire. If there is smoke overhead, get on your hands and knees to move around.

5. Keep Your Mouth and Nose Covered

Like mentioned in #4, smoke from a fire can be more deadly than the actual blaze in some cases. Breathing in smoke can cause you to pass out — and while staying low to the ground helps, a rag or shirt that’s been soaked in water is far more effective at stopping you from inhaling smoke. 

Ultimately, the best form of fire protection is prevention. Many fires start because of unattended electronics or hazards. Make sure you switch off and if possible, unplug electrical appliances that are not designed to stay on before going to sleep. Don’t overload electrical sockets with too many extension cords and be sure to replace any appliances that have fraying cords exposing the wiring underneath.

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