NATIONAL NEWS - Fire is disastrous, and you have to be cautious because in as little as two minutes, a house fire can turn into a rapid, life-threatening disaster.
Here are some tips if your house catches on fire:
Get the fire extinguisher.
If you hear the sound of the fire alarm in your home, do not ignore it but go for your fire extinguisher as a one-stop preventive measure. This singular act can help curb the fire instantly, but if your effort proves abortive after using the fire extinguisher, leave the scene immediately. Fire extinguishers are very important and should be installed in every house, whether private or commercial.
Raise an alarm.
Inform others in the house of the fire by screaming out loud. Do not rely on smoke detectors and alarms to inform others, as they might sometimes malfunction due to battery faults and other reasons.
Call the fire department.
Pick up your phone and call the fire department on 031-361-0000 after leaving the property. Do not stop inside the house to search for your mobile device as you could get caught up in the flames. Rush out and ask neighbours or a passerby to help you call the fire department.
Leave valuables behind.
When in a fire, never delay finding the best possible escape route from a burning house to find valuables. You can always notify the fire safety officers when they arrive of such valuables by describing their last known location.
Stop, drop and roll.
If your clothes catch on fire, do not run, simply drop to the floor and roll over onto your back to extinguish the fire. Always crawl and remain close to the ground to keep you away from the high temperature and thick smoke from the fire. Stay low until you escape the burning house,
Cover your nose.
Cover your nose with a shirt or a damp towel during a house fire. This will prevent smoke from entering your lungs. Also cover the faces of children as much as possible, especially when helping to get them to safety. Lastly do not run into a room filled with smoke or flames – doing that means running into massive danger.
Once you crawl out of a room, close the door behind you. Research has proven that closing doors prevents the fire from spreading, which simply means the fire will be relegated to a spot for a while.
Once you are out of the house, stay out. Even if you have left your animals or property behind, do not enter a burning house. Notify the fire department officers immediately if you believe people or pets are still in the house and direct them to where they could be.