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Fire Safety Risks and First Aid

Dangers of Smoke Inhalation

During a fire, smoke poses serious risks that many underestimate:

  • Smoke as an Irritant: Smoke irritates the eyes, causing watering and loss of vision.
  • Lack of Oxygen: Smoke contains little oxygen, making breathing difficult.
  • Heat and Burns: Inhaling smoke can burn the throat and lungs due to extreme heat.
  • Disorientation: Smoke disorients people, increasing the risk of getting lost.

Dangers of Fire and First Aid for Burns

The fire itself presents immediate dangers:

  • High Temperature: Fire instantly burns skin upon contact.
  • First Aid for Burns: Treat burns by cooling under cool, running water for at least twenty minutes.
  • Chemical Burns: Wash off chemicals, but be cautious of chemical reactions with water.
  • Shock Management: Be prepared for potential shock in burn victims.
  • Burns Kits: Ensure burns kits are accessible and well-maintained in places like offices, kitchens, and factories.

In the event of a serious fire, emergency services and paramedics should be called to assist with first aid and medical treatment.