Many of us have at least some understanding of what you should do in the case of a fire. Stop drop and roll, have an evacuation plan, etc. But do you know what you shouldn’t do during a fire? Making these careless mistakes can have fatal consequences during a fire, so it is important you keep these in mind if you are ever in that situation.
Keith Sanders worked as part of the Western Wake Fire Rescue from 1999 to 2003. As a former firefighter, he wants to educate his readers about the importance of fire safety. Today he shares 3 things you should never do in a fire.
- Opening every door in the building trying to find a way out. This is why it is so important to know the fire escape route of any building you are in. Doors act as a barrier during a fire – if you open a door, that is another route for the fire to get through the building. Try to shut the doors behind you as you make your way out.
- Run around if your clothes catch fire. Moving around that much will add fuel to the fire, and the best thing to do is to stop, drop, and roll.
- Use an elevator during a fire. Always take the stairs to get out of the building – even and especially if you are in a tall building. The elevator could very well malfunction and trap you inside the building.