When you find yourself in a situation that involves out of control fire, we hope that you know what to do in that situation. If you have never been in these kinds of situations and you are unsure what you would do, we have compiled some things you should and should not do. In any case, the primary concern if a fire happens is to secure your own safety.
What you should do if you find yourself in a fire situation
If there is time, you should check if the fire can be extinguished with a fire extinguisher if not secure that everyone is aware of the fire and move out. If you are in a building that is on fire lower your head closer to the floor. The smoke first fills the upper part of the room then moves to the bottom so if you have trouble breathing you might want to lower your posture to the level under your belt. As soon as you leave try to report the fire to the fire department or the police.
What you should do after the fire
Call people and let them know what happened, and that everyone is okay. Contact the insurance company, ask them what you should do, they have more experience in this situation than you, and their input might be helpful. Contact the fire department and get a copy of a fire report for yourself so you can know the reason of the fire and how it started for future reference and the state of your home at this phase.
What NOT do during a fire
If you are unsure of the type of fire, don’t use water to douse the flame. If the fire was started by electrical problems, the water would just create more problems. Additionally, if the fire began in the kitchen and grease and oil is involved the water will only make things worse.
Don’t be a hero. If the situation is dire and the fire has spread, get yourself out. It’s not your job to look through the fire for stranded people, the fire department will come soon, and with much safer gear they can go in and save whoever is trapped inside. Get yourself out and try to help where you can or just don’t be in the way of the professionals.