MARCH IS HERE SO PRE­PARE FOR FIRES, RIS­ING TEM­PER­A­TURES

Cebu Libre - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOS BY LITO TECSON /The Philip­pine Primer

March is more than just the month that wel­comes sum­mer or the month that cel­e­brates women. It’s also the Burn and Fire Pre­ven­tion Month by virtue of Procla­ma­tion Nos. 360,s .1989 and 115- A, s .1966. It’s one of the hottest months of the year as well as the month when, his­tor­i­cally, fire in­ci­dents seem to rise.

March is when the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion kicks their in­for­ma­tion drives and other fire-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties into over­drive thanks to the afore­men­tioned procla­ma­tions. Their mes­sage has stayed the same: keep your­self and your fam­ily safe from fires.

What you should do in case of fire:

1) Go with your re­hearsed emer­gency exit plan dur­ing a fire.

2) Try to close the door of the burn­ing room as well as all doors be­hind you as you leave. This is to try and de­lay the spread of fire and smoke.

3) Fumes and hot air set­tle at the ceil­ing. Fresh air dur­ing a fire can usu­ally be found close to the floor ( roughly two feet up). Crawl to the exit and cover your mouth with a wet piece of cloth.

4) Your life is more im­por­tant than your pre­cious iPhone, iPad, or Mac­book Air. Fires can dou­ble in size ev­ery 30 sec­onds, so it’s best to for­get your pos­ses­sions dur­ing a fire and get out of the house ASAP.

5) Do not go back into a burn­ing build­ing un­til a fire­fighter tells you it’s safe to do so.

What to do when you’re trapped in a burn­ing house?

1) Po­si­tion your­self in a room with win­dow l ead­ing out­doors.

2) Alert the peo­ple out­side that you are still in the build­ing. Shout, get a light-col­ored cloth and wave it out­side that win­dow… ba­si­cally, do any­thing to get no­ticed.

3) Seal your room. Close the doors and patch any gaps with tow­els or sheets to pre­vent smoke from com­ing in.

4) If trapped in the up­per floors of a build­ing, col­lect bed­sheets and foam cush­ions or mat­tresses. They’ll come in handy if you have to jump out of a win­dow.

5) Do not run if your clothes catch fire. Re­mem­ber: STOP, DROP, and ROLL.

6) Clear flammable de­bris from the win­dow. Rip off cur­tains or any­thing else that may burn.

7) As much as it pains to say it, don’t break the [ win­dow] glass. You might need it to pre­vent smoke from the out­side com­ing in. In­stead, open the win­dow a lit­tle if the air out­side is fresh.

PHOTO BY JUNJIE MEN­DOZA

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