MARCH IS HERE SO PREPARE FOR FIRES, RISING TEMPERATURES
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.