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What To Do Before, During and After a Fire

 

Understanding Fire

Fires occur daily throughout the country and unfortunately, too few people understand how fire behaves or have proper plans in place. Understanding the nature of fire is necessary in order to formulate a proper escape plan.

Only by knowing the true nature of fire can we make proper safety precautions. Fire is fast, hot, dark and deadly.

Because fire is fast there is little time to ponder your actions. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. In a few minutes It only takes minutes thick black smoke can fill a building or engulf it totally in flames. This is why all thoughts of gathering valuables should be discarded in the event of fire. Because fire and smoke spread so quickly there is only time to escape.

A fire's heat alone can kill and is even more deadly than flames. During a fire room temperatures can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs. Heat at this intensity can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes, a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.

What to Do Before, During and After a Hurricane

Hurricane season is upon us once again and so it is time to be sure you have a plan and supplies.

A great source for information, from which the following tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane were taken, is the Federal Emergency management Administration's (FEMA) website at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes/

Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

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