Always call the City’s Fire and Rescue Services before you make any attempt to fight a fire yourself.
If your clothing catches fire:
Start the stop, drop and roll procedure:
- Stop where you are
- Drop to the floor
- Roll around on the floor
- This will smother the flames and save your life
If another person catches fire, smother the flames by wrapping him or her in a blanket, carpet or rug.
Never stop to fight a fire if:
- the fire is spreading beyond its origin
- you can't fight the fire with your back to an escape exit
- the fire can block your only escape
- you don't have adequate fire-fighting equipment
Never try to fight a fire if your path of escape is threatened. Rather evacuate while you still can!
Make sure that your fire-fighting equipment is clean and in working order (check with the manufacturer's instructions to see how often this needs to be done). Modern day fire-fighting equipment is highly efficient and sophisticated. But unless you know how to use the equipment, and unless it is in good working condition, easy to find and easy to get hold of, it is quite useless!
The most important types of fire-fighting equipment are:
- Water extinguishers
- Dry powder extinguishers
- Carbon-dioxide extinguishers
- Foam extinguishers
- Fire hose reels with high-pressure water
- Fire hydrants
Fire-fighting equipment should be stored close as possible to potential hazards (such as near the chemical or flammable liquid store rooms), and the building’s exit routes.