The alarm sounds. A fire has broken out and your residents are asleep.
Do you know what to do?
Not the best advice!
It only takes two lungfuls of smoke to kill you, so it’s vital to have an evacuation plan in place.
Fire spreads fast; so there is not much time to think about your next action.
So what can you do?
- Act quickly. Alert everyone, get together and take your planned route out
- Don’t waste time saving valuables
- Test to see if a door is warm with the back of your hand before opening, fire may be on the other side
- Don’t investigate the fire unless trained to do so
- If there’s smoke, keep as low as possible
- Close any open doors behind you
- If you’re trapped in a fire, get behind a fire door and block the bottom of the door with a towel, sheets or clothing to prevent smoke getting through.
- Call 999
- Don’t go back into the building.
These were a few examples of ways to help make evacuation easier. In general, there are lots of simple things you can do to help provide a safer environment. However it’s worth bearing in mind that without an evacuation plan in place, these won’t work.
You might also like
Since the launch of Dorgard 25 years ago, we have introduced two more versions offering you different levels of fire safety compliance so you can ditch the door wedge!
For those of us that know our RRFSO’s from our BS7273-4’s, there’s no question that fire doors save lives and that the weight associated with operating a fire door is a necessary evil, a symptom of those innocuous-looking closers that ensure doors can shut safely. But when we think about who uses those doors on a daily basis, are we expecting too much from industry outsiders?
For Fire Door Safety Week 2020 we spoke to Darren Young from 1st Aid Fire, who shared his knowledge on the importance of fire doors and how to maintain them.