What do u do first when a fire starts in ur house or in a neighbors house?

Fire - Fire prevention
@sechsey (1836)
Canada
January 20, 2007 4:28am CST
Lets begin an informative discussion and see if we are well informed about how to deal with things during a fire. To those who have no idea, learn from here and see preventive measures as well. Give a scenario of any kind and say what u can do to for it. I learned when ur gas tank is leaking gas and the hose attached to the stove is starting fire, things to do may involve turning off the gas tank first or bend the hose on its mid part to stop the fire from the other end. It stops it because it stops the flow of gas towards it. Any other ideas? Besides running out of course.
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@cuddleme01 (2728)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
my neighbors houses just got consumed by fire a couple of months ago. the fire started in a house that was just a couple of steps away from where i am boarding. in any fire incident there are things that we should bear in mind: 1. ALways bear in mind NOT TO TAKE ANY RISKS WITH YOUR LIFE 2. Don't panic. 3. If the fire is still little and may be put to a stop without the need of firemen then call for help from neighbors. 4. but if you assess the situation to be going out of control, contact the fire department. 5. inform other family members of the fire. 6. turn off the electricity supply and your gas tanks. 7. get your important things if you still can. otherwise leave them behind. 8. If the house is occupied with smoke, crawl towards the door and get out. crawling will help you avoid the smoke that might suffocate you. SMOKE GOES UP. so crawling down helps you avoid being suffocated. 9.if the fire does not start from your house but from a neighbors house that is just an arms length away, sprinkle water over the side of your house so that you're house won't be easily caught by the fire while you wait for help. 10. NEVER EVER GO BACK INSIDE a burning house.
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
That is all true. Thanks for the informative answer. Crawling really does help. Alot of people die of suffocation first during fire because thats one thing we forgot, how to avoid it. Sprinkling water around ur house or all over the exterior of ur house is all right. Firemen do that whenever this a fire that is in close contact to several other buildings. Its to prevent fire from spreading towards other houses.
@abhiquest (580)
• India
21 Jan 07
I learnt my first lesson on fire control by being part of it. There was a short circuit and my uncle and aunt were there with me in the house. My parents, my brother and sister and my wife were all out of house. As soon as the fire broke out, My uncle told me to be calm and cool. We took a long breath and switched off the main electric supply. Next we took a bucket from the bathroom and pured all the water on the burning curtains. My aunty brought some more water from the kitchen to the living room and we soon put off the fire. It was a scary situation as fire and just started to spread to the bed. The furniture was just about to catch some fire, but it was all extinguished by then. Not much damage was caused in the end!
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
That is a scary situation. Frankly, i wouldnt know what to do if it happens to me. I am alone at home most of the time too so... At least this gives me insight on things i can prevent or do to avoid panic.
@pmgsan (149)
• India
21 Jan 07
WHEN FIRE HAS STARTED IN YOUR HOME..!!!!!! Fire is the chemical reaction of the fuel,heat and oxygen i.e, for the fire there must be above three things namely,Oxygen,Fuel and heat.If you remove any one of the three the fire can not sustain and fire will get extinguished. (1) First thing is not to get any kind of panic. (2) Act& be cool and make all people and your familymembers are informed that there is a fire and they should find a safe way to exit calmly. (3) Shut down the gas supply if it was in operation. (4) Switch off the mains of electrical supply. (5) shout out that Fire has broken at your house. (6) Try to inform the Fire service people. (7) Try to open all windows and doors so that all smoke escapes out. otherwise it can suffocate us. (8) Since you are cool and calmly acting findout the cause of fire,and accordingly try to extinguish the fire. (9) For solid fire you can use water. (10) For liquid fire use the correct fire extinguisher if it is available.Donot pour water on afire which due to oil.
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
When i was younger, i did put water in burning oil.:P That was scary. There were no fire extinguishers so it was panic attack. I was also young but its also been recently that i found out anyway not to put water on burning oil.:P
@bison007 (254)
• Indonesia
20 Jan 07
Well, get the water and try to stop the fire, if possible ask for help,let your neighbors know so we will have lots of help.
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@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
Yes, but also what's important is DONT Panic. We have a recent fire here in the city where i grew up. It started small but the owner of the store panicked and one thing led to another.. Killed 28 people and injure several others.
@good1030 (673)
• China
21 Jan 07
If the fire is not so strong, I will try to stop it. If the fire is too strong to be stopped, I think I will take some important things with me and run out the house the call the fire fighter.
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@pmgsan (149)
• India
21 Jan 07
WHEN FIRE HAS STARTED IN YOUR HOME..!!!!!! Fire is the chemical reaction of the fuel,heat and oxygen i.e, for the fire there must be above three things namely,Oxygen,Fuel and heat.If you remove any one of the three the fire can not sustain and fire will get extinguished. (1) First thing is not to get any kind of panic. (2) Act& be cool and make all people and your familymembers to know that there is a fire and they should find a safe way to exit calmly. (3) Shut down the gas supply if it was in operation. (4) Switch off the mains of electrical supply. (5) shout out that Fire has broken at your house. (6) Try to inform the Fire service people. (7) Try to open all windows and doors so that all smoke escapes out. otherwise it can suffocate us. (8) Since you are cool and calmly acting findout the cause of fire,and accordingly try to extinguish the fire. (9) For solid fire you can use water. (10) For liquid fire use the correct fire extinguisher if it is available.Donot pour water on afire which is due to oil.
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@adnan82 (673)
• Pakistan
22 Jan 07
if i see a fire at my neighbours place i will for sure call at fire briage office...and then..rush to my neighbours place to help them.. out...
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Always extend a hand to those u are in need.(",) The problem here in the Philippines is that some people take advantage of it. So when there are neighbors who wants to help u get the load of stuff out of the house, the next thing u know after the fire is out is that things and valuables are stolen already.
@suren2k6cse (2626)
• India
21 Jan 07
i will call on my cell to fire service and get some water and try to maintain the same state with out spreding to other place
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
Yep! Call for help first and try to contain the fire while u can. If not, start getting all ur important stuff out of the house. (",)
• India
21 Jan 07
the first thing I would do is lok at the situation and. If it is a nasty situation than I would call a fire brigade.If it would be a minor one than I would try to cut the supply of the fire like turning of the gas tank or the electrical supply. I f it would be due to an electric short circuit than i would use sand or mud or foamt to put the fire off same goes to an gas leakage
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
Hmmm i didnt know that. Sand? How does that work. I understand about mud or foam but sand?
@Poison86 (121)
• Bulgaria
21 Jan 07
First I will call the fire-brigade and after this I will go to check If they are ok or need my help.
• India
21 Jan 07
First of all I would find out where exactly is fire and what amount of destruction has already been done. Then I would find some source of water, sand or quilt to cover the fire and extinguish the same.