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10 dos and don'ts of fire safety you must know about

Here's what to do if you are ever stuck in such a situation.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : June 13, 2018 3:04 PM IST

Crowded places and fire make a deadly combination. Last year, fire broke at Kamala Mills compound in Mumbai. A commercial hub in Mumbai, the fire broke in a restaurant at around midnight. And according to reports, around 14 people were dead. The cause of death was claimed to be smoke inhalation. You must know about these dos and don'ts of fire safety and share with all your friends and family to stay safe in the case of fire outbreak.

If a fire breaks out in your home or if you hear a fire alarm, the first and foremost thing to do is do not fear but stay calm. If you know the exit, proceed to fire exit than waiting for the fire to subside. Here's everything you need to know about first-aid.

Always crawl as the amount of smoke at the ground level is less than that at a higher level. Hence, restrict to ground level as it lowers your inhalation of smoke. Moreover, it also helps you to escape from the site.

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Do cover your mouth to prevent smoke from entering your mouth. It is wise to use a wet cloth when trapped by fire, especially when fighting heat because it transmits heat better and helps in mitigating the effect of smoke on the body.

Close the door if you exit the room. Also, if you planning to leave a room, do feel the closed doors. This is because, a hot door or doorknob means the room is on fire, so do not enter that room.

Do inform the fire service at the earliest as they can take things under control however minor that outbreak is. The all India emergency number for services like police, fire and ambulance in the country is 112.

If your clothes are on fire, stop and drop to the floor. Roll to smother and put out the flames. Do not panic but act wisely. Here's first aid for burn injuries

Never take an elevator or lift if you a stuck in case of a fire outbreak. Always take stairs and make sure you give way to people carrying our rescue operations.

If you are conscious, then do not jump but call for help. Instead, you can shout, raise an alarm or drop a piece of clothing from your window, to know others of your presence in a building.

Never stand up in a fire as it ups the risk of smoke inhalation, which makes things worse. If excess smoke is inhaled it can lead to respiratory complications and in severe cases, can lead to death.

Do not lock up yourselves in a bathroom or stay in closed rooms. This is because, there are chances that the smoke can enter the room and thus, further aggravate the situation.Also read first aid for fainting what you should do when someone faints.

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