Moving quickly and knowing exactly what to do in the event of a house fire can save lives. Although prevention is the best method of keeping your family safe, it is still advisable to know precisely what you need to do in this situation. Here at First Reaction, our top priority is fire safety – so this month we are bringing you some steps which you should familiarise yourself with and follow if any unfortunate cases arise.
1.If possible, put the fire out
If the fire is small and has just begun, if possible, extinguish the fire. You can do this using the equipment in our First Reaction kit. Take time to familiarise yourself and learn how to use a fire extinguisher and other fire prevention tools. When using a fire extinguisher, make use of the PASS acronym.
Pull: Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
Aim: Aim low and point the nozzle at the base of the fire.
Squeeze: Squeeze the handle.
Sweep: Sweep from side to side until the fire has successfully been extinguished.
2. Alert your family and get everyone out
Make everyone in your home aware of the fire. Group together and follow your planned escape route. It is essential that all households come up with an escape plan, as it will save lives. Make sure to stay together. Our products include an Escape Plan Guide, which will help you to plan an escape route for your family.
3. Check closed doors for heat
If your escape route requires you to go through doors, make sure to test the door or doorknob with the back of your hand. If there is any sign of heat, DO NOT enter the room, as it is likely that there is fire in the room. If you open a door and see any signs of smoke or fire, close the door and find an alternative exit.
4. Stay low
The safest way to travel to your escape route is to stay low. Smoke can kill as it is extremely poisonous. Smoke also rises so be sure to stay as low to the ground to gain access to cleaner air.
5. If you can’t get out
In the event of being trapped, the best course of action is to find items such as clothing, towels, or blankets, and seal any cracks around the door. This works best when fabric is wet. If you have a phone available, call 999.
Of course, it is best to prevent a small fire from destroying your home. We recommend taking small steps which will lower the chances of a fire starting and spreading such as replacing traditional candles with LED candles and installing fire safety products in your home.
6. Don’t go back
One of the most important things to remember when there is a house fire is to act quickly. Never take the time to find or collect valuables and never re-enter a house. Call emergency services and let them know if there is someone trapped in the house.
We recommend our range of emergency first aid and fire safety stations, which will be there to provide peace of mind and help to see your home and family safe in the event of a small fire. The range includes a variety of styles containing refillable essentials such as a fire blanket, burn dressings, first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
To find out more about our range of products or to shop the range visit www.firstreaction.co.uk or call us on 07763 769 248.Back to news