Fire may prove to be the most catastrophic hazard if the immediate 1st place steps are not taken On Fire Incidents. The invention of fire hit human civilization to a miraculous height. The same fire may become the most devastating enemy if handled carelessly. Statistics stated that 59 % of business hindrances are due to fire accidents. Fire Incidents cost numerous serious injuries, fatalities, and loss of property and livelihood. Immediate, 1st place actions On Fire Incidents help to save lots of injuries and lives. We have enlisted the points to answer your question, what to do if a fire incident happens?
General Instructions For 1st Place Steps On Fire Incidents
- Stop what you are doing and try to get out.
- Pull the nearest fire alarm, shout ‘fire’.
- If a fire is small, try to extinguish using a fire extinguisher if available. Never use water to put out the fire from an electrical spark.
- Leave all your belongings where they are, try to save life first.
- Don’t use lift/elevator, use stairs. If there is smoke on the stairs, get low to minimize inhalation, keep hands on the wall to prevent delusions.
- Call fire rescue services as soon as possible.
If You Are Trapped Inside
- Don’t hide in a cupboard or under a table or bed.
- Try and get inside the room having a window.
- Before opening any door, check if it is hot or warm to touch if so, never open it.
- If smoke, heat, or flames are blocking the exit route, stay in and place a wet towel, sheet, or any available garment under the door and in gaps to block smoke to enter.
- Wave a bright colored garment or flashlight to signal rescuers to notify your location.
- Never jump from upstairs windows. If you are on the 1st floor, lower yourself through the window to a few feets length from the ground. Then slowly drop yourself to the ground but before that ensure the ground is soft (not with the flooring of tiles or cement), or first throw a mattress or something like that to cushion the landing.
If Your Clothes Catches On Fire
- Don’t panic. Stop what you are doing at once. Never run. Drop to the ground, roll over and over, back and forth until flames go out.
- Cool the burn injuries with cold water. Call for the nearest medical facility.
1st PLACE MEASURES ON FIRE INCIDENTS AT WORKPLACE
The following are 3 crucial steps that must be taken at 1st place to minimize injuries and save lives at the workplace in a fire incident.
- Raise the alarm
- Assess to Assembly point
- RAISE THE ALARM
Regardless of the amount of fire outbreak, immediately alert every person within the workplace by triggering the closest fire alarm, yelling, or as possible.
Call Fire Rescue Services by informing the exact fire location and other helpful information such as type and extent of the fire. If the fire is frivolous and controllable try to put it out by using a suitable fire extinguisher.
In a fire incident, the 1st call to action is everyone should forward to the nearest fire exit and head to the designated assembly point.
Evacuation should not be in the hustle. It is not as easy as just walking out as a daily practice. It should be quick but smooth. Fire Officers should make sure that the escape route is not blocked by smoke or fire. Also, check thoroughly that everyone is out safely. Cease all the machinery and working procedures instantly.
Avoid the use of lift or elevators as there are possibilities of trapped inside, if it stops working, doors might open on fire-affected floors and persons inside will be exposed to flames, heat, or choking with smoke. Use the stairs. If stairs are compromised by smoke, get down and crawl. This will reduce the inhalation of smoke. Check the door if it is hot, don’t open. There might be fire on the other side. The last person coming out of the door should try to close it (do not lock) to keep the fire from spreading.
ASSESS TO ASSEMBLY POINT
The most crucial step in the fire evacuation plan is to fix a safe assembly point. The location of Assembly Point must be easily accessible. All the routes are safe and with the signs and instructions to get there. Assembly Point should be provided with a First Aid box to treat minor injuries and all emergency numbers. In case of fire spreads up to Assembly Point, alternate gathering points should be predetermined.
After the evacuation, everybody should meet at Assembly Point or alternate preconcerted areas.
Nobody should be allowed to re-enter the fire incident area until instructed to do so by the fire officer. After gathering, a responsible person should carry a headcount (nominal roll call) to ensure that everyone evacuated from the fire site. Report immediately to the Fire Personnel and Safety Officers if anyone is missing.
“Fire is the most useful friend as well as the most catastrophic enemy of mankind.”
Everyone should be well aware of fire safety procedures and should aware of what to do if a fire incident happens? “Prevention is better than Cure”. Small or huge, every place has its own action plans On Fire Incidents. Everyone must be well acquainted with it. Frequent drills of the Safety Process will help to save numerous casualties and losses.
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