Knowing the correct way to put out a fire can go a long way to keeping you safe at home and at work. Fire is a serious health and safety hazard. The consequences of a major fire can be financially expensive and personally tragic.
If you ever need to put out a fire, it is essential that you know how to do so safely. Endangering either yourself or other people in the vicinity will only make an already dangerous situation considerably worse.
How to put out a fire
The method you use to put out a fire depends on the type of fire you are dealing with.
- Kitchen fires: Most small fires in the kitchen can be dealt with without the need for an extinguisher. If something you are cooking sets alight in the pot, quickly place a lid on it. This will starve the fire of the oxygen it needs to grow and should soon see it diminish and go out. A damp towel will have a similar effect. You should also turn off the appliance and think about moving the pan outside if it is creating a lot of smoke, providing, of course, that it is safe to do so.
- Camp fires: Camp fires are a frequent cause of accidents on holiday. Knowing how to safely put one out can help ensure you and others stay safe. The first safety steps with camp fires come before putting it out. Ensure the fire is well maintained and kept enclosed. When it comes to putting it out, let it die down naturally before extinguishing it. Once the camp fire has died down, you should be able to see plenty of ash replacing the embers and the glow of the fire will decrease. Then, you can fully extinguish it safely with a bucket of water.
- Electrical fires: Should you come across an electrical fire at work, for example, make sure you use the right fire extinguisher to put it out. Use a carbon dioxide or dry chemical extinguisher. If the fire isn’t out within five seconds, it’s too big and you need to get to safety and call the fire brigade.
Making a fire accident claim
If you are injured in a fire accident at work because of negligence or faulty equipment, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisors can guide you through the injury claims process. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice