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What to do if you come across a fire
If you come across a fire for instance in a public building, raise the alarm as quickly as possible.
- Close all windows and doors if time permits.
- Do not stop to collect personal belongings.
- Leave the building by the nearest available exit.
- Go directly to the fire assembly point… and stay there until told it’s safe to re-enter the building.
Remember, be calm and sensible… it has been known for some people to stay in a building, even when they know there’s a fire. For example, two elderly couples died because they wanted to finish their meals before leaving the burning building.
What to do if you suspect a fire is in a room
- You may become aware of a fire in a closed room.
- Feel the top of the door with the back of your hand.
- Do not use the door handle when testing for heat as it could be extremely hot and burn your skin away.
- If the door is warm, do not open it.
- By opening it you may cause a flashover. A flashover works by providing more oxygen to aggravate the fire.
- The hot air and gases from a flashover can pass into your lungs and will probably kill you.
Tackling a small fire
In some situations it may be possible to safely tackle a small fire…
…though really, you should never tackle a fire, no matter how small, unless you have been trained to do so. If you do, you may be rendered unconscious by inhaling smoke. If you see a fire, you must always contact the emergency services.
You should really only attempt to extinguish a fire if it is your last resort. And only if it is safe to do so and you are confident that you know how to do it.
- Always make sure you raise the alarm first.
- Remember to keep between the fire and the door and never fight a fire alone.
Otherwise, if you can’t put the fire out, make sure everyone gets out of the room and that the door to the room is closed.
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