Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fight or Flight: When Should You Fight a Fire?

When we are confronted with a fire we often need to make snap decisions about the severity of the situation, and whether or not the appropriate action is to evacuate the areas as soon as possible, or to attempt to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Below are some basic guidelines when it comes to deciding if the fire can be tamed with a fire extinguisher, or if the safest course of action is to evacuate and call 9-1-1:

Ask Yourself: Can I Handle a Fire Extinguisher?

One of the easiest ways to determine if you are capable of fighting a fire or not is knowing how o properly use a fire extinguisher. If you have never been trained on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, then evacuate the area immediately and call for assistance.

Common fire safety guidelines dictate that you should have at least one fully charged fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach location close to areas like your stove, fireplace, and other areas where fires may be used.

One of the easiest ways to determine if you are capable of fighting a fire or not is knowing how o properly use a fire extinguisher. If you have never been trained on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, then evacuate the area immediately and call for assistance.

Additionally, if you use a fire extinguisher and the fire is continuing to spread even after you have depleted the contents of the extinguisher,

How Much Smoke is Present?

Don’t put yourself at risk of smoke inhalation while trying to fight a fire. Fires produce carbon monoxide, and many fires can produce toxic gasses depending on what has been ignited, which means you may be putting yourself at risk if you try to stay and fight the fire.

If the smoke is filling the room that you’re in and you’re having a hard time breathing, stop fighting the fire and evacuate the area as quickly as possible.

Where is the Fire?

If you try and fight a fire then the exit should always remind behind you so that you can escape if things get out of control. If the fire is close to your only exit, simply evacuate as soon as you can and call for help immediately.

If you’re fighting an out of control fire outdoors, make sure to fight the fire with the wind at your back, which will prevent smoke, flames, and embers from being carried downwind to you.

Do You Feel Comfortable Fighting the Fire?

If you are confident that you can easily wield a fire extinguisher and handle a small fire, then make sure to proceed with caution and care.

However, if you are even remotely uncomfortable with the idea of fighting a fire, or if you have never been trained on how to effectively use a fire extinguisher, don’t try to put on a brave face. Trust your gut and evacuate as soon as possible, then call 911 to contact your local emergency responders. Never put yourself at risk when it comes to fire safety.

The fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection are dedicated to delivering exceptional results and high-quality solutions to your fire protection needs. Contact us today at 204-237-3473 for more information about how our services can keep you safe.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:19 AM

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