Simple but Effective Fire Safety Tips

In any emergency situation, every second counts. A fire has the potential to hurt everything in its path, including people and valuable investments. The more you know about how to approach a fire, the better you will be at reducing the damage and preventing a tragedy. Here are some very important fire safety tips to remember:

Know the cause of the fire before trying to put it out. Depending on what kind of fire you are dealing with, extinguishing it requires a specific procedure. For example, water will not put out every type of fire. It could even make the fire worse. There are several types of fire extinguishers and each one is designed for a certain fire, based on how it started. Make sure that you are using the right fire extinguisher to avoid inadvertently increasing the size and scope of the flames.

* You can read more about some of the differences in fire extinguishers and fires in the following article: What Type of Fire Extinguisher Should You Have?

Never attempt to face a fire that is too big. Fire extinguishers are a great way to lessen or eliminate a fire, but they can only be used on smaller fires. If the fire is out of control, the best thing to do is to get as far away from it as possible and call for help. Let the fire department use their equipment and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

Read the labels of all fire extinguishers and stored materials. The instructions on a fire extinguisher will indicate the safest distance to operate it, as well as the size of fire it can extinguish. Because these instructions will vary, you need to understand the characteristics of the one you have before you actually use it. Also, stay informed about any ingredients that stored materials contain. If they are flammable or have the ability to cause a fire, be careful about where they are kept.

* You can read more about the correct way to use a fire extinguisher in the following article: How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire, not the flames. While it might seem logical to shoot for the flames first, you will have a much better chance of putting out a fire by directing the fire extinguisher to the base or fuel source. Normally located at the bottom of a fire, the fuel is the reason why a fire burns, so eliminating it will stop it faster.

* You can read more about the correct way to use a fire extinguisher in the following article: How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Be prepared. Instead of waiting for a fire to happen, prepare for it in advance by planning evacuation routes, mounting fire extinguishers in the proper locations, installing smoke detectors, and having a Fire Safety Plan visible where people can see it. Keep all emergency phone numbers easily accessible and close to the phone. Stay low to the ground and do not try to open any door in a fire without feeling it. When the door is hot, find another way out of the room.

A good idea is to practice evacuating a building several times. To really know what it might be like in a fire, try wearing a blindfold in an evacuation drill. Many times, the smoke will limit your vision and being familiar with the safest escape routes will be a tremendous benefit.

For more information about Fire Safety Plans, fire extinguishers (where they should be located and how to use them safely), Evacuation Planning, Fire Training, Fire Audits, and the correction of Fire Violations, please contact GetFirePlan.com for a free consultation. They will help you stay prepared for all possible fire emergencies.

You can call (778) 574-2895 or simply fill out the form below to experience the quality and convenience of GetFirePlan.com today.