Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How to Breathe During a Fire

As you may know, my dad was a fireman, a fire marshall and is now a fire chief. today he answered a fatality call that led him to share with us some info that after 25 years of ingrained teaching, I have never learned. today a 61 year old woman died because she went into the bathroom where there were bars on the windows and couldn't get out. so she got in the bathtub. apparently, this is common. people get in bathtubs and turn the water on but they don't know why. they've just heard you're supposed to. well, here's why:

keep in mind, this is a last resort. see hypothetical reasons 1-12 that you should do first. but if there is no other choice or you find yourself in a bathroom for some unknown reason, you should get in the bathtub. but not just to keep yourself from burning. when water comes out of the faucet, it also shoots out air. the air is what forces the water out. so you stick your nose or face under the water and breathe the air that is coming out of the faucet. now, don't inhale the water, but just postion your face so that the water runs off your nose.

because it doesn't matter if you're skin isn't burned if you die of smoke inhalation.

now, don't you feel smarter? your welcome.


1 comment:

Greta said...

Hmm. Good to know. ;)