Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fire Safety Facts

Fire Safety Facts

  • Fire is fast! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It takes only minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house.
  • Fire is hot! A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs.
  • Fire is dark! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire, you may be blinded, disoriented, and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.
  • Fire is deadly! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.
March is "Fire Prevention" month and every year, more than 100 Filipinos die in home fires. Thousands more suffer with the loss of house and valuables while hundreds are injured by fire.

Records showed that:
Year ~ Total Number of fire incidents
2006 ~ 8,823
2007 ~ 9,042
2008 ~ 7,726
2009 ~ 8,271

If a fire occurs in your home or office, your chances of survival will depend on how quickly and safety you are able to get out. "Don't panic"
  • Time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape first!
  • Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it frequently.
  • In your fire escape plan, designate a meeting place outside.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows two ways to escape from every room.
  • Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
  • Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
  • Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.
  • Finally, having a working smoke detector dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.
Know your local emergency numbers and let your children memorize the emergency numbers
Fighter Base: 160-16
Fire Brigade: 522-22-22
Fire Control 7: 367-97-20; 367-57-48
Government: 117
txt Fire: 0918-6-888-888 : 0922-6-888-888

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