The fire triangle below lists the three ingredients needed for a fire to occur.
Last year fire in the home claimed 5,000 lives. The sad point is these deaths could be prevented with an ounce of prevention.
Home Fire Safety Tips – Prevention
- Do not use overloaded electrical systems
- Do not use frayed electrical wires
- Smoke detectors – check batteries monthly – replace battery yearly
- Never leave home with clothes dryer running.
- Kitchen fires – never put anything on the stove you don’t want to heat.
- Keep a fire extinguisher mounted nearby.
- Learn how to use your fire extinguisher before there is an emergency.
- Establish a fire escape plan – every room should have 2 means of escape.
- To report a fire call 911.
In case of a fire do the following: GET THE PATIENT AND YOURSELF OUT, then call for help – 911.
How to Escape a Fire
Remember you have 2 minutes to escape a home fire. Most people die in the first 5 minutes of a fire. If a patient receives oxygen but not life support, the nurse should disconnect the oxygen and get the patient out immediately. After you are out, call 911.
If the patient is on life support, the nurse needs to maintain the client’s respiratory status manually with an ambu-bag and move the patient out immediately. After you are out, call 911.
A fire burning in a house for 1 minute grows to 3 times its original size. In 4 minutes it grows 11 times its size, and in 6 minutes, it reaches 50 times its original size.
Purchase an ABC type extinguisher – they extinguish all types of fires.
The fire department estimated that as many as half of the smoke detectors installed in homes don’t work because the batteries are dead or missing.