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Survival Tips
Written by Administrator
Monday, 15 December 2008 16:01
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Survival Tips

 

These survival tips can help you escape a fire safely. Read each tip and think about how you might practice these in your home.

 *Closed doors can protect you. A closed door can help stop the spreading of a fire.

* Test doors before opening them. If you open a door without testing it first, you could be overcome by heat, smoke, or flames. While kneeling, you should use the back of your hand to feel the door knob and the door frame. If the door is hot, use an alternate escape route. If the door is completely cool, open it carefully. Put your shoulder against the door and open it slowly.

* If your door is blocked, you must use your secondary escape route, which is usually a window. Before opening a window, be sure the door to the room is closed tight. If you are on the first floor, you can probably drop to the outside safely. Always exit the window feet first on your stomach. Always let children exit windows first.

* If you are trapped on a second or higher floor, you should not try to drop to the ground. Use an escape ladder or try to get out on a balcony, porch, tree, or garage. If this is not possible, wait at the window until fire department members can rescue you. If possible, try to open the window a few inches at the top and the bottom. This will give you some fresh air. If this seems to be letting in more smoke, close the window. Stuff clothes or towels in the cracks under the door or seal around with tape to keep smoke from entering the room. If there is a phone in the room where you are trapped, call 911 and let them know where you are located. If you have a flashlight or brightly colored cloth, wave them in front of the window to alert fire fighters where you are located.

* Crawl low in smoke. While escaping, smoke will rise to the top of a room, and will then settle and bank back sown. Crawl on your hands and knees keeping your head around 1 to 2 feet above the floor.

* Put reflective stickers on children's bedroom windows, this will help fire fighters find these rooms first in case of a missing family member.

 

 

 

 Information taken from NFPA resources and web site

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