Smoke inhalation can cause inhalation burns, chronic coughing, brain damage, loss of consciousness, and death. It is important to know what to do during a fire to prevent these injuries and successfully escape.
• Install working fire alarms in your home. The earlier you are aware of a house fire, the more time you have to escape and the less likely you are to suffer from smoke inhalation. Install fire alarms and test them periodically. Make sure that there is a working fire alarm in each bedroom.
• Attempt immediate escape. Have a planned escape route as well as an alternative escape route. Before opening a door, touch it to see if you can detect heat. Do not stop to collect belongings – your safety comes first. After escaping get a safe distance away from the fire to prevent further harm.
• Use wet cloths to stop smoke. If you have access to a bathroom and towels, wet a towel to place under your door. Also wet a cloth to put over your nose and mouth to minimize inhaling the hot, toxic smoke.
• Understand that you have limited time in smoke-filled rooms. If you must enter a smoke-filled room, know that you can lose consciousness from smoke inhalation in about a minute. Use your wet cloth and only enter a smoky room if you are sure you can navigate to safety very quickly.
• Get medical attention. It can be difficult to tell whether you have been injured by smoke inhalation in the hours after a fire – damage from smoke inhalation can be less obvious than topical burns. It never hurts to be examined by a doctor after such an event.
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