Home fires in the United States leave at least 2,500 casualties and injure around 12,600 Americans every year. Consequently, direct property losses are estimated at $7.3 billion. In Australia, one of the most common causes of house fires is bushfire. As a matter of fact, Australia’s worst bushfire ever ravaged thousand of houses and killed 173 people.
Fire Safety and Prevention
If and when your house is on fire, what should you do?
Too often that people try to save their valuables in a fire situation, when all that truly matters is your life and the lives of your loved ones. In fact, an online survey showed that 55 percent of the respondents would first grab their things if their house was on fire. Yes, you might be watching your first home buyer’s loan go up in smoke, but that isn’t what matters.
Here are some tips on what to do in case your house or is on fire:
- Immediately ask for help. You can call 911, which is the national telephone number for emergency situations that need assistance from firemen, policemen and medics.
- Alert your children or family members and lead them to safety.
- Check your door. If it’s hot, stay away from it. If it’s wide open and you noticed the smoke or fire, shut it right away.
- Block the smoke from coming inside. Plaster the small opening underneath your door with blankets or towels to slow down the progress of the smoke from entering your room.
- Get low and creep towards the window. If you’re on the ground floor or second floor, open your window and throw some beddings or cushions to the ground. These will minimise your injuries as you jump from your burning house.
- If your clothes catch fire, do not panic. Lie down, cover yourself with a blanket and roll around.
Listed below are things you can do to prevent house fires:
- Don’t leave the kitchen when you are cooking.
- Always ensure that objects that can catch fire easily are far from your stove. Examples are paper towels and pot holders.
- Check for damaged or tattered appliance cords and replace them at once.
- If you use fireplace or wood stoves, make sure that the fire is completely out before you sleep or go out.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- As much as possible, avoid using lighted candles.