Fire is one of the disasters that no one wants to ever think about! However, the fact is that these kinds of emergencies and accidents can arise at any time without a single warning.
What’s most important in emergencies is your safety. So ensure you have a good plan and are ready for the worst.
You should be prepared to take steps to rescue you and everyone, whether it is a house fire or a forest fire. Remember that panicking in emergencies could get worse, so just stay calm and play wisely.
So, what are those key actions that you should take if you witness an emergency? Follow this guide that has listed everything you need to know in case of emergencies:
Don’t Panic and Assess the Situation
When you are in an emergency, try to stay calm and start by evaluating whether or not your surroundings are safe from harm’s way. If you find any immediate threat, it’s crucial to cover yourself first before you help others.
Save Yourself from an Immediate Threat
Save yourself and other people from any situation suspect to an immediate threat. If someone gets injured, try to provide him/her first aid or call for hospital emergency in severe conditions.
Call for Help
Contact the fire emergency services immediately. Follow the above instructions and wait for the emergency response.
Call Hospital Emergency Service
You should head to a hospital or call emergency service in cases of injuries and life-threatening situations. These may include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest pain
- Excess bleeding
- Severe burns
Most of the fires that injure or kill children are house fires.
Here are the leading causes, according to a study:
- One of the leading causes of house fire-related injury and death among kids under age 9 is carelessness.
- The majority of residential fires occur due to carelessness and unawareness while cooking. For instance, pouring water on a greased pan or inappropriate usage of the stove. However, if in case you got stuck in a residential fire, immediately call a fire damage restoration service for entire reconstruction and repair.
- Cigarettes and smoking materials cause most fire-related deaths.
- Another common cause of product-related injuries among kids ages 14 and under involves thermal products like a curling iron, ovens, room heaters, fireworks, irons, and gasoline.
- Scald burns, especially among children age six months to 2 years, occur due to hot foods or liquid spilled in the areas where food is served or prepared.
- Check if any faulty appliances.
- Ensure smoke alarm is working.
- Keep the kitchen countertop, especially around the oven or stove clear.
- Do not hang tea-towels over the stove.
- Be attentive while cooking.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
In the case of severe house fire:
- Get out of your house immediately.
- Stay out and don’t go back inside a burning house.
- Don’t panic and calmly provide details of the scene and address to the emergency department.
- Carefully listen to the instructions (that fire department gave you) until the fire brigade reaches.
Forest fire can occur mostly occur in summer due to rising temperature. Here’s what you can do:
- First, cover yourself with a moist cloth or a blanket, if possible to avoid inhaling harmful gases.
- Before you leave your house, remove combustibles like fuel cans, firewood, yard waste, barbeque grills and anything flammable.
- Close the vents, windows, and doors.
- Shut off fuel oil or natural gas supplies.
- Know your evacuation path.
- Fill (if any) large vessels like garbage cans, hot tubs with water to discourage fires.
- Call fire emergency service.
Now that you know what to do in fire emergencies, you will be prepared and stay safe!