BY: BLAINE HONEYCUTT, MAHC BOARD DIRECTOR
The following list was generated by the National Fire Protection Association. It provides insight as to why, each year, hundreds of people die inside their homes trying to put out fires instead of getting out.
• They do not know how to properly use a fire extinguisher (Proper learning requires training from a professional.
• Not all fire extinguishers will work on all fires. (Use A-B-C Rated Extinguishers; A—Paper, B—Gas, oil, grease, C—Electrical)
• People try to fight fires for too long and are overcome by poisonous gasses produced by fire.
• The fire is always bigger than the fire extinguisher was originally designed for.
ALWAYS CALL 911!
If a fire does occur, the American Red Cross provides the following on how to make a
• Once you are out, stay out! Call the fire Department from a neighbor’s home.
• If you see smoke or fire in the path of your escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to your exit.
• If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm use your
second way out.
• If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.
In addition to the aforementioned safety measures, you should:
• Regularly test smoke detectors and change the batteries, when needed.
• Test and recharge fire extinguishers (according to instructions).
• Keep all family members informed on escape procedures.