|What to do during a Fire|
|Monday, 07 March 2011 10:54|
Should you find yourself and your home confronted with a fire, there are certain steps that should be taken to insure safety. These tactics vary according to the size and type of the fire:
Use a fire extinguisher to put out small fires. If the source of the fire is not electrical or chemical, water can also be used to extinguish it. Do not try to put out a fire that is getting out of control. If you are not sure you can control it, get everyone out of the house and call 911 from a neighbor's house.
Smother oil and grease fires in the kitchen with baking soda or salt, or put a lid over the flame if it is burning in a pan.
If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll until the fire is extinguished. Running will only make the fire burn faster.
Sleep with your door closed. If you wake up to the sound of a smoke detector, feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand before you open it. If the door is cool, leave immediately. Be prepared to crawl - smoke and heat rise, so the air is clearer and cooler near the floor. If the door is hot, escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light-colored sheet outside the window, alerting firefighters to your presence.
Have your family meet at a designated area outside the house. Once gathered at the agreed area, if any members of the family are missing, firefighters can be notified.
For more information on what to do during a fire, stop by the City of Vicksburg Fire Department main offices, located at 1630 Walnut Street, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at (601) 636-1603.
|Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 12:39|