The most common problem that we experience in times of fire is that we can’t get a hold of ourselves, we panic. The reason behind this kind of reaction is the lack of knowledge in dealing with it. Firefighters may be on their way but while they haven’t arrived yet, our lives are in our own hands. We can easily escape the fire by going out of the house or establishment but come to think of it, can your home survive the fire? Firefighters are going to do everything they can to save your hard earned home but we know very well that not everybody gets lucky.
Having a Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome because of fire is not as easy battle. The hardest part in this kind of endeavor is the thought of starting over again and to where or whom should you seek help with. Everybody is at risk of being a victim, but there are ways to prevent it.
Tips to prevent fire:
• Having appliances in your house puts you at risk in having fire that is why it is important to check for any faulty wirings. You should also avoid overloading the power adapters. Your cooking equipment should also be monitored since that can also easily cause fire.
• Purchase fire safety products and you should have one in each room as much as possible. In case a fire starts in your home, at least you have something to fight it with but you should also make sure that you and your family knows how use each product. We should think and act like we have a firefighting job
• A responsible home owner doesn’t just leave out candles, heaters, cigarettes and burners because these things can obviously start a fire if they are left unattended. Keeping an eye on these objects can help you prevent fire. You should also keep the following things in mind:
1. The above mentioned things should be kept away from flammable objects such as papers, plastics, furniture and rugs.
2. Be responsible with your own cigarette buns and dispose them properly.
3. Before leaving a room, blow off lighted candles and if you are leaving the house, make sure you unplug your appliances.
4. Keep your kitchen safe from fire by putting your potholders or cooking oils away from flammable objects.
Prevention is always better than having to deal with fire but it is also important to learn how to fight it in case it happens. Here are some tips on how to fight fire:
• As mentioned in the key points above, having fire safety products in your home is important. Make sure that those products are up to date and most importantly, you know how to use them. The acronym PASS teaches you on how to use the fire extinguisher.
P- Pull the pin, A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, S- Squeeze the lever, S- Sweeping motion.
• Having an escape plan should be discussed with your family, as much as possible practicing your escape route is advisable.
• Call the local fire station, you should always keep the local fire station’s number in your speed dial because you will never know when an emergency occurs.