Whether there is a fire in your home or your workplace, there are a number of things you need to do in order to ensure you remain safe and unharmed. Namely, you need to find a clear exit and leave the building as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a number of the deaths and injuries that are caused by fires could have been easily prevented, had people not made some common mistakes. Take a look at the following common fire safety mistakes and don’t make the same ones if you are ever in a fire.
Of course, never delay getting out of the building. Don’t waste time trying to gather belongings or investigate the source of the fire. Once a fire becomes too large, there is nothing you can do to contain. Every second you remain in the building you increase your chances of getting hurt or killed.
Once you’re out of the building, never go back inside. If you called emergency personnel, they will be on the scene and will be able to do more to help than you ever could without the proper equipment and training. Even if you realize a pet or person is inside, allow the professionals to get them out safely.
Most people don’t realize that the majority of fire related deaths are actually caused by smoke inhalation, not getting burned. That’s why it’s important not to underestimate the effect smoke will have on you as you leave the building. Try to stay low to the ground and cover your mouth and nose in order to avoid inhaling as much smoke as possible.
Don’t make these common mistakes and you can dramatically increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed!