In our previous blog we discussed the importance of fire safety and developing an escape plan in the event of a fire. Today, we will be walking you through what you should do if you happen to catch fire while you are escaping. Sometimes, there is no way out of a building except for through or near the burning flames. Try your best to find an exit that is nowhere near the fire. If there is a lot of smoke, you will want to drop to the ground and crawl to the closest exit. Fumes from fires can be extremely toxic, so limiting your exposure is best.If you have to go through any closed doors, be sure to check the temperature of the door with the back of your hand before opening it. If the door is pretty hot, it is safe to say that the other side of it holds more flames. If this is the case you will want to find another exit to get out of the fire filled home.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
If you do happen to catch your clothes on fire, here is what to do:
You have all heard of the rule to stop, drop, and roll. If your clothes catch on fire, it is important not to panic and definitely don’t run. Running or lots of moment can spread the flames. Once you have established that your clothing is indeed on fire. Drop to the ground. Protect your face with your hands, if at all possible and roll as quickly as possible on the ground to try and suffocate the flames.
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