In the Event of Fire
Don’t waste a second!
A small fire can turn into a serious blaze in minutes. If you cannot extinguish a fire quickly or if it is unsafe for you even to try, leave your house and call the fire department immediately from a neighbour’s house.
If your clothes catch fire
- Stop where you are. Do not run; movement tends to intensify the flames.
- Drop to the ground.
- Roll in a rug, blanket, or coat to smother the flames.
- Protect your face with your hands or a damp cloth.
If there is a fire in your apartment building
- Never use an elevator during a fire. The shaft could fill with hot gases and smoke, and the controls could malfunction or stop working. Also, the elevator doors could open onto a hallway full of flames and smoke.
- Before exiting your unit, feel the door. If it is hot, do not open it. If smoke is coming from underneath, block the crack with damp towels.
- Remember that smoke generally rises. It may therefore be easier to breathe at floor level near an open window or on a balcony.
- When leaving your unit, close the windows and doors if you can.
Using a fire extinguisher
Be certain you have the right extinguisher for the fire you are fighting. If you use the wrong extinguisher you could endanger yourself and make the fire worse.
Ordinary combustible materials like wood, paper, and plastic
Flammable liquids like gasoline, grease, oil-based paint, and flammable gases
Electrical wiring or household appliances
To put out a fire using an extinguisher, follow these four steps (PASS):
- Pull the pin.
- Aim downward.
- Squeeze the lever.
- Sweep from side to side, aiming toward the base of the fire.