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What To Do If A Fire Break Out?


If disaster strikes, fires are likely to break out in certain areas. If you discover a fire in your home, don't panic. Just remember these simple steps:

  • Get everyone out.
  • Close the door to contain the fire.
  • Turn off the gas mains if you can reach it and call the firefighters.
  • Fight the fire if you can, but only do so without endangering yourself or others.

When You Are Trapped

Don't panic. Stay calm and follow these steps:

  • Enter a safe room, preferably one that overlooks a road.
  • Shut the door behind you. Cover the bottom gap of the door with a blanket or rug. To prevent smoke from seeping through.
  • Shout for help from the window or other openings to alert passers-by. Then wait for rescue to arrive.
  • If you have a handphone, call the firefighters and inform the operator of your location (room number/position), floor level, what is on fire and how many persons are trapped.
  • Do not attempt to jump out of the building. Help will be on the way very soon.

Escape Through Smoke

If you have to escape through smoke, keep low by crawling on your hands and knees. In a fire, smoke will naturally rise leaving some fresh air about 30cm to 60cm off the floor. Crawling keeps your head in this safety zone, away from the smoke's toxic content.

If Your Clothes Catch Fire

In the event that your clothes catch fire, remember to Stop, Drop And Roll.

  • Stop - Do not panic and run.
  • Drop - Whether indoors or outdoors, drop down immediately, cover your face with your hands.
  • Roll - Roll over and over to put out the flames. Rolling smothers the flames by removing oxygen. Covering your face with hands prevents flames from burning the face and helps keep fumes and smoke from reaching the lungs.

Operating A Fire Extinguisher

  • Hold the extinguisher in an upright position. Pull out the safety position. Pull out the safety device which is fitted to prevent accidental handling.
  • Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire. Keep a safe distance about 1 to 1.5 metres away from the fire.
  • Press the top lever of the extinguisher. Use a sweeping movement to allow discharge to be directed over the entire area of the fire.
  • When the fire is extinguished, open all doors and windows to ventilate the area.
 

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