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S.A.F.E. Things to Do In Case of Fire

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By Jekelyn S. Nisola

Fire, like water, is an important part of our daily lives; it helps us cook food and provides us light and warmth. But a massive fire can be disastrous.  When handled carelessly, fire can break out at any moment, destroying houses and other properties in less than an hour. So it’s important to take necessary precautions to prevent fire at home or in the workplace and to educate ourselves on how to fight an actual fire.

When the house or workplace is on fire, be S.A.F.E., according to the Bureau of Fire in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines.

  • Sound the Alarm! Don’t hesitate to shout and inform your family members or officemates.
  • Advise the Fire Department! Stay calm and report your exact location.
  • Fight the Fire!

How to Use the Fire Extinguisher:

Pull the Pin – The pin releases the locking mechanism of the fire extinguisher; pulling it will discharge the fire extinguisher.

Aim the Nozzle at the Base of the Fire – This is important to put out the fire by extinguishing its fuel and not the flames.  To ensure safety, stay at least a meter away from the fire.

Squeeze the Lever Slowly – This will release the extinguishing agent from the fire extinguisher.

Sweep from Side to Side – With a sweeping motion, use the fire extinguisher.  Move forward once the fire starts to diminish. Once the fire is out, open all the windows and doors to ventilate the house or workplace.

  • Evacuate as fast as you can because fire can grow in less than a minute. Feel all doors before opening them; if a door is hot, get out in another way.  In a real fire situation, the amount of smoke generated by the fire will make it difficult to see.  Practice getting out of the house or workplace blindfolded.  Stay low to the ground when evacuating.

Be safe. Be ready. Be informed.

Preparedness is our best protection.

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