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.
Did you know that every breed and variety of the modern dog is descended from the grey wolf? Which is quite amazing when you think about it and picture that toy poodle, sausage dog, and every other type of yap yap dog. Wolves are smart, some say they are cunning, and they often hunt in packs. The wolf is a highly intelligent animal; and the dog that most resembles its original forefather is the German Shepherd or Alsatian. You will often find one of this breed of dog working as a guard dog or with the police or armed services. Why Search and Rescue dogs are crucial to our safety is directly linked to their origin.
Why Search and Rescue Dogs Are Crucial to Our Safety
Dogs are easily humankind’s best friend. We domesticated the grey wolf some thirty thousand years ago and since then our dogs have accompanied us on our journey through life. Dogs helped us hunt and helped us to domesticate other animals like sheep, goats and cattle. Dogs as we all know are incredibly loyal to their human masters. Indeed, sometimes the dogs are too good for their human owners. The great ancient thinkers like Plato, Aristotle and Epicurus often discussed our relationship to animals, and there was great debate in ancient Greece and Rome about the place of animals in the greater scheme of things. Dogs have skills that we do not possess and in areas like search and rescue they really come to the fore.
Search and Rescue dogs are highly trained dogs that will be employed to search for missing people in disasters spanning from earthquakes to fires. Without donations, these dogs would not be able to be trained with the skills needed to rescue people from danger. Dogs are needed for search and rescue efforts, as they have an ‘air scent’ which humans do not. It is crucial that we keep supporting those who train the dogs, as dogs can cover larger amounts of ground than what a human could, leading to missing persons being found faster. Many search and rescue services, just like ours, wouldn’t exist without the help of Corporate Sponsors; and we would like to say a special thank you to them. We love our dogs; and our sponsors understand that it is not cheap to train them for this kind of specialised work. The work they do is important for our very survival; and together we can all make a difference during these potentially tragic times.