Panic is a Killer: What to Do during a Fire

Continuing the trend from last month, I’m going to continue discussing fire safety. There cannot be enough emphasis or repetition regarding fire safety. While last month was about fire prevention, it is time to discuss what must be done in the event of a fire in your home or in any place where you are.

Stay Calm

If you hear the fire alarms blaring, it is natural to feel surprised. However, you should not let panic override your senses. If you are with anyone, it is ideal that both of you get out fine. If you are with a child, it is important to keep them close.

If you are in the area where the fire is when you exit the area and if you’re the last one leaving, close the door. Doing so will help contain the fire.

What to do in case of fire in a public place:

  • If you see the fire, pull the alarm if it’s not already pulled.
  • Locate the nearest point of safe exit.
  • If there is smoke, get down on the floor.
  • Crawl your way out swiftly yet carefully.
  • Once you’re out, call the fire department.
  • Account for anyone that you’re with.

What to do in case of fire in your home:

  • If the fire is in a room you’re in, get out and close the door.
  • If the fire is excessive and there’s a lot of smoke, get down and crawl out through the nearest exit point.
  • Call the fire department the moment you get out safely.

What not to do:

  • Do not assume that someone else is going to pull the alarm.
  • Do not assume that someone else is going to call the fire department.
  • If in a public establishment and a higher floor, do not use elevators.
  • Do not go back into a burning building. Fire fighters can find missing persons for you.
  • If a fire breaks out at home, make noise if the fire alarms don’t work.

To Close

Regardless of what happens, it is important to prioritize your safety. You can do that better by staying calm.