Fires are very scary, and they happen more often than people think. Have you ever been in a fire? I hope not, and I haven’t either. However, I did have an experience as a child that taught me just how dangerous fires can be. I can still see the flames, and I certainly remember the feeling and most everything that happened. I was about nine years old, and our family lived in a trailer park. Let me tell you what happened, what it taught me regarding safety measures when discovering fire and what other safety measures need to be taken.
It was late at night, and my sister and I were woken up by our parents. We were hurried outside the front door because there was a fire next door. Not only were we concerned about the next door neighbors, but the fire in that trailer was dangerously close to our trailer. The wind had caused the fire to really roar, and it was literally touching and scorching the side of our trailer. It burned the panels, but it didn’t catch our trailer on fire.
The people next door weren’t home at the time the way I remember it, and so no one was hurt. Remember, I was a kid, and I was woken up in the middle of the night. I remember being surrounded by other neighbors, and I remember it being cold outside.
That situation was dangerous enough, but what do you do if you find yourself in the middle of a fire? You need to realize that the smoke itself can kill you, and often does kill people. You also need to realize the smoke can be blinding. You need to know where those exits are, and you need to get yourself and anyone else you can get out right away, without hesitation. That is the best advice I can give you when talking about safety measures when discovering fire.