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Fire Safety – Prepping for an Emergency

In theory it always sounds nice and professional to tell others that they should always have a fire safety plan in chance of a fire. Maybe some will heed such advice and others will ignore it. The question you must answer now is do you know what to do in a fire emergency yourself? After reading this information, you should know for certain.

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Before you accomplish any task it is imperative that you prepare and make a plan. If there were to be a fire at your home or work place then the first thing you need to know at all times is where you are and how to get to each and every potential fire exit. It is vital to never forget that smoke will come from a fire and smoke is blinding to the eyes and it will fill in every place it can get to whether it’s in rooms, closets and hallways. In an abrupt fire emergency you will more than likely have to crawl on your hands and knees depending on how severe the fire is, so having a plan can be the difference between life and death.

If the possibility ever arises where smoke is visible to you or you actually see a fire but the building’s fire alarm hasn’t gone off, you will need to personally pull the fire alarm near the exit yourself. Once you have sounded the alarm you need to be sure you get yourself out of the building immediately. Make sure you know the emergency contact number(s) beforehand and be sure to call them right away just as soon as you are safely out of the building. ┬áIt’s also a good idea to make sure that you don’t have anything sitting on the ground, especially big objects like fishing kayaks or even bigger objects like tandem kayaks.

As a quick reminder, the procedure for discovering fire or seeing smoke is to get out of the area while being sure that all doors behind you are shut, set off the nearest fire alarm to the exit, shut off any types of equipment that is running (industrial, laboratory, etc. depending on where your building location is) and then get out.

If you are in a building that has elevator and stair access then be sure to take the stairs when you are leaving and never the elevator. If your location has signs posted about where you should go in case of a fire then be sure to follow their direction. Under no circumstances should you ever try to re-enter the building no matter whom or what it is for because there is no guarantee that you will get a chance to leave again.

If you have the opportunity to put out a small fire in a building then it might be worth trying (if you know what you are doing) and if the fire is too big then do not waste valuable time and just leave it.

If you are at home or the work place and someone else informs you of a fire or activates the fire alarm then you should walk to the nearest exit and avoid the elevators. If you suspect that someone is caught or stuck in the building then you must contact emergency services instantly. Again, meet at a designated area and do not try to re-enter the building.

In the event that you are trapped in smoke you need to drop to your hands and knees right away, stay low because smoke is thicker at higher positions in the air and hold your breath as much as you can while using something to filter your mouth and nose.

When trapped in a room you should close as many doors as feasible that are between yourself and the fire. Where applicable you should wet some cloth material and place is under any doors to block smoke from entering the room and if there is a window nearby then you should prepare to find a way to contact someone through it on the outside.

Finally, if someone has clothes that are on fire then you must direct and help that person get down on the ground and roll them while smothering out the flames. Of course if it is nearby then you can use water and contact emergency services as soon as possible.

4 Things To Consider Before Becoming A Firefighter

Title: 4 Things To Consider Before Becoming A Firefighter

Being a firefighter is the dream of a lot of young children in America. They play with fire trucks as a kid, imagining themselves running into a burning building to save the occupants and become a hero. While firefighters most certainly do those things, there are also other things that firefighters do on a daily basis that you may not be aware of because they aren’t news worthy.

Waiting…and Waiting

FirefightersFirefighters spend a lot of their time at work waiting. They could be surfing the Internet, checking out the best flushable cat litter when a call comes in. They have to be ready at the drop of a hat, and that includes waiting around until something happens. Most of a firefighter’s time is spent sitting around in the fire house. All of those movies and TV shows you see where guys are in the fire house shooting the breeze, cooking, watching TV, or working out are an accurate depiction of what sometimes goes on before a call comes in. Before becoming a firefighter, just know that your attention can go from cat litter to life saver in a matter of seconds.

Medical Emergencies

We don’t hear about this much, but firefighters are also relied upon for medical emergencies that don’t involve fires. People trust calling fire departments because they are quick, and don’t have the stigma that comes with some private ambulance services of avoiding bad areas and taking a long time to arrive. Firefighters have basic medical training for emergencies like CPR and bandage application, and they have the benefit of the firetruck to get people to the hospital through traffic.

Inspections

Fighting fires and medical emergencies aren’t all that firefighters do, they also perform inspections at local businesses to make sure those businesses are up to code. They check fire alarms, evacuation routes, and smoke detectors to make sure things are in place and functioning properly if there ever is an emergency. They can spot things an average person couldn’t like a malfunctioning fire extinguisher, or an unsafe cooking device.

Maintaining Equipment

The life of a firefighter is often dependent on the equipment he works with. The fire truck has to be in tiptop running shape and ready to go in a split second, and all of the pumps, gauges, hoses, etc. on a fire truck must be in proper working order. Spending 24 or 48 hours at a time depending on these things to keep you and the people in your community alive is a big deal, so a lot of a firefighter’s time will be spent maintaining the trucks and firehouse so they are ready when a call comes in.

 

A firefighter is one of the most selfless and important jobs there are in the world today, and every community needs them whether they’re volunteer or funded by tax dollars. If you’re thinking about becoming a firefighter, be sure to think of what life will be like on a daily basis. Chicago Fire may be an entertaining show, but it’s not exactly accurate.

 

Why Deep Frying Can Be a Fire Hazard

Did you know that in the United Kingdom, frying with oil is the leading cause of house fires? Sure, they’ve got a culture of fish and chips and frying in pans in their home, and so their risk is higher, but it is an important statistic for fire safety here in America and Manchester specifically.

Are you prepared if the unthinkable happened and you were caught in the middle of a fire caused by ultra hot oil? What can we learn about the British experience? Let’s have a closer look at this type of fire.

The Basics

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If oil gets too hot, it can combust, creating a fire. This is why it is important to ensure your deep frying oil is changed regularly and monitored for deterioration. If it is getting murky, dark, or you can see foam along the top, it’s time to buy new stuff. If oil deteriorates, it has a lower smoke point and therefore a lower burn point.

IMPORTANT: Do not try to put out an oil fire with water!

It is imperative that you do not try to do this. Did you know that you can cause a much larger fire if you try to douse it with water? It’s counter to everything you have been told as a kid, and to be fair, there is not enough education out there about this. However, water will simply spread the oil around (they don’t mix, remember), and will also instantly evaporate, causing steam, which literally throws the oil around that gets caught in the steam, spreading the fire very quickly.

How To Put Out an Oil Fire

There are a couple ways to get this situation under control.

The first one is that you should have a fire extinguisher close by. You should be checking it regularly to make sure it’s still good, and you should know how to use it. If it is safe to do so, immediately switch off the power source or heating source of the oil.

Then, use your fire extinguisher to eliminate the blaze. This is fairly tricky and you have to get it done quite quickly for it to be effective. We do not wish to scare you, but the facts are that these fires are dangerous and spread quickly. Obviously, prevention is the best way to stop one!

However, as we said, they do happen, and you need to know how to stop them. If the fire extinguisher is in the next room (it shouldn’t be!) or you can’t get to it for whatever reason, or you see the fire JUST about to happen, you can also smother it. Using a slightly damp dish towel or a pan lid, cover the area that is on fire. You may be in time to eliminate the oxygen, which is needs to continue burning.

You can also dump a lot of baking soda on the fire. This can also be salt or another dry powder like this, though you’d need quite a bit.

The best thing to do is practice safe habits and also have your appropriate fire extinguisher ready in case of emergency situations.

Thanks to our friends at http://ww.fryerhq.com for their assistance with this article and deep fryer knowledge.

Stay safe out there, and remember, we’re here if you need anything. You can always contact us.