Fires can be devastating since they can move very quickly and cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. Fire is one of the most destructive elements but, unlike other elements, fire can be controlled. Fires are preventable and when you educate yourself on fire safety, you can be prepared to take action to extinguish a fire once it has started.
Having a fire safety and prevention plan in place is essential to keeping you and others safe.
The most important thing to remember if a fire breaks out is to remain calm. You will want to remove anyone who is in immediate danger and focus on getting them to safety. You will want to call 911 to report the location and extent of the fire. It is important to help contain the fire by closing windows as well as interior and exterior doors. If you have to open a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the door and knob to make sure it is cool to the touch before opening. Evacuate immediately and only try to extinguish the fire if you are not in immediate danger.
Fire is a chain reaction that is powered by oxygen, heat, and fuel. By removing one of these elements, the fire will no longer be able to burn. This is where tools like a fire extinguisher comes in. There are several types of fire extinguishers and the type you should use depends on the type of fire. It is important to learn which extinguisher to use in case of a fire emergency in your home.
Once you identify the type of fire extinguisher to use, you should follow the P.A.S.S. procedure to extinguish a fire:
At Wesley Enhanced Living, it is mandatory for our employees to complete annual Fire Safety compliance training and to participate in fire drills several times a year to be prepared in the event of a fire. Our priority is the safety of our residents and employees and we take steps to ensure everyone is aware of our fire safety plan.
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