Many common fire safety myths are floating around that everyone thinks are accurate. Whether based on fiction or if there are bits of underlying truth, it’s vital that people understand the difference between myth and fact. Maintain your fire safety by decoding these common fire safety myths.
The Panic Response
It’s a common myth that most people will immediately panic as soon as they hear the sound of the smoke detector or fire alarm. It’s commonly believed that people throw out everything they know about fire safety and immediately begin to respond from a place of fear. However, based on the results of most fire emergencies, people are more likely to remain calm and act from a rational and controlled state of mind. They will follow set procedures to ensure a safe evacuation for everyone.
No Water for Oil Fires
Many people have learned that you should never use water to extinguish an oil or flammable liquid fire. We’ve all seen photos and videos of water used on these types of fires and the result being a full inferno. It’s essential for fire safety that everyone understands that there are proper uses for water on oil and flammable liquid fires. For example, firefighters use a specific fog or spray pattern with their hoses to fight flammable liquid fires.
Skip the Elevator
You’ve probably seen signs in many commercial buildings that warn against using elevators in the event of a fire emergency. In general, this is the safest route to take, and the stairs should be your first option for escape. On the other hand, some specialized elevators are designed to remain operational even during a fire. These are especially helpful for people with disabilities and other physical limitations.
Firefighters are The First Response
Depending on the circumstances of the fire, it may be too late to avoid extensive damage to the building by the time the firefighters arrive. In some cases, it may be necessary to allow the fire to burn itself out and work on protecting neighboring structures.
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