Fire safety differs wildly, depending on where you are and the nature of the blaze, so knowing what to do in different situations and scenarios can potentially save your life. With that in mind, Firescape has put together a guide on what actions to take in the event of a fire, in the workplace, home and on the move.
If, at any point while you’re driving, you see smoke or fire emitting from your car, you need to act. Remaining calm is vital, but so is acting quickly as every second counts in such a scenario. Don’t make the mistake of assuming the fire originates from the engine, as they can break out anywhere in the vehicle. Once you’ve detected the fire, stop the car and turn off the ignition. Make sure to signal correctly and only come stop in a safe place; the last thing you want is to crash. Once you have come to a halt, vacate the vehicle immediately and help anyone else to as well. After, relocate to somewhere far away, ideally at least a hundred feet away, and ensure everyone stays away from the blaze. Alert the relevant authorities and then flag any incoming traffic so that they’re aware of the danger. If there is an ignition in your car, our innovative extinguisher, Spray-Safe, can help. It is a 335ml bottle that can easily fit in your glove box and is fast acting against engine, electrical, or upholstery fires.
For those working in large office buildings or other work settings, there are a few things you need to be aware of. If you are the first person to detect a fire, then your first job is to raise the fire alarm. The severity of the fire doesn’t matter, a small one can quickly develop into something worse. Your workplace should have certain staff assigned to fire marshal roles, who will have to ensure that all the emergency exits are accessible and that everyone has evacuated safely. Don’t ever attempt to use a lift in the middle of an emergency, as you have no idea if the floor you’re going to is safe and an enclosed, metal space is not the ideal setting in the middle of a fire. Some lifts may also automatically lockdown in the event of a fire, leaving you trapped. If you are caught in an elevator when there is a fire, there should be protocols in place for such a situation, so ring the alarm and wait for help.
You should make your way out in as prompt a manner as possible, making sure any heavy or hazardous machinery is powered off if possible. If there is a large volume of smoke or fumes, drop as low to the floor as you can, as the air is cleaner the closer it is to the ground. Don’t attempt to collect any personal belongings or anything like that. Also, don’t take hot drinks or food with you, as these could create an additional hazard during the evacuation. Just make your way to the assembly point as quickly as possible. When there, headcounts should be made, but if anyone is missing, do not enter the building. Instead, wait for the fire service to arrive, as they will be best equipped to help.
Whenever we speak about fire safety in the home, one of the key points we stress is the importance of having an escape plan. Planning a route is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a potential fire, as you won’t be panicking about finding a safe way out of your home. A good escape plan will have multiple exit points and should be well-rehearsed,so that everyone in the household knows what to do should the worst happen. An agreed meeting spot can also be very useful, so choose a safe place to convene.
The moment you detect a fire, you should notify everyone in your home and start evacuating immediately. Gather everyone, paying particular attention to children and vulnerable adults,and do a quick headcount so you don’t miss anyone, before taking your prepared route out. Don’t attempt to take any valuables, leave them behind and make your way out as quickly as possible, they’re not worth the risk. When making your way through the house, check the doors before you open them to see if they are warm. If it is hot, this is a sign that there may be a fire in the next room, so you should avoid going in. Similarly, ensure to shut any doors behind you as you go, so the spread of the blaze is limited as much as possible. When you’re outside, call the emergency services immediately and wait for them to arrive.
Upgrade Your Fire Safety Equipment
No matter the situation or where you are, you should always notify the fire services of an incident. However, small fires that haven’t spread can often be dealt with yourself, but only if you are properly equipped. Firescape has developed two revolutionary fire safety products to aid you if there is a breakout. We’ve already spoken about Spray-Safe, but we also have Pan-safe, specifically designed for chip pan fires. Both can fit in kitchen draws, your boot, or even a glove box. Tested and proven by industry experts, as well as being approved by the London Fire Brigade, they are the fast-acting, effective way of tackling a blaze. To top all of that off, it is also one of the eco-friendliest options out there, leaving behind no toxic residue or mess to clean up. If you’re interested in taking your home fire safety extinguisher up a notch, visit our shop to learn more.