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If A Fire Breaks Out • Remain calm.

• Plan escape routes.

• Get everyone out of the house.

• Individual attempts at a fire fighting should not be attempted unless there is no risk to yourself.

• Keep the door of the room in which the fire is believed to have started shut. An ordinary wooden door will keep out fire for a while. • Keep doors and windows closed. This reduces the supply of air to the fire and slows down burning. • If trapped by fire, go into a room, shut the door and put a blanket or carpet at the bottom of the door (to keep out smoke). Call for help from a window.

• If someone's clothing catches afire put him/her to lie down on the floor and make him/her roll. Wrap him/her in a rug if possible, to extinguish the flame. After the flames are put out, keep the person warm. Call for medical assistance. • To put out a fat (grease) fire, cover area with wet cloth, sand or earth. DO NOT USE WATER.

• Keep aerosols (spray cans) away from fire. When empty, keep apart from other household garbage. Do not deliberately puncture.

• Never put any hot ashes in a container with other garbage, or in a flammable container. Hot ashes may cause fire. • Never use oil, gasoline, kerosene or paraffin to light or restart fires.

• Do not keep gasoline or other flammable liquids in breakable containers, or where children can get to them. • Do not leave hot plates, electric irons or other electrical appliances plugged in or unattended. • Avoid hanging curtains over stove or cookers.

• Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. 61 Community Disaster Preparedness Guide

BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  

The Disaster Management Department of the BVI's Community Disaster Preparedness Guide, released May 18, 2012

BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  

The Disaster Management Department of the BVI's Community Disaster Preparedness Guide, released May 18, 2012

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