What to do in case of fire
In the event of a fire, saving human lives is a priority.
- If possible, put out the fire with a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher. However, do not jeopardise your own safety.
- Help others to get out, and get out yourself. When exiting, use the stairs as you might get trapped in the lift.
- Close the doors behind you when exiting your place of residence, to stop the fire from spreading.
- If necessary crawl on all fours. There is least smoke and heat at floor level.
- Call 112 immediately you are somewhere safe. If you have a hearing or speech impairment and you are a registered sender of emergency text messages, send a message to 112.
- Show the fire brigade and the other emergency vehicles where the fire is.
- Never go into a smoky stairwell. If there is smoke in the stairwell, remain in your own apartment and keep the door closed.
- Remember that breathing in smoke is life-threatening, and it can kill quickly. In an apartment building, each apartment forms its own fire unit, which prevents or slows the spread of flames or hazardous waste gases from one unit to another.
- Call the emergency number 112. If you have a hearing or speech impairment and you are a registered sender of emergency text messages, send a message to 112.
- Seal off the gaps around your door with wet towels, so that the smoke is not able to enter your apartment from the stairwell.
- Wait for rescuers on the balcony or at an open window.
- Attract the attention of rescuers by shouting, waving your arms or using a flashing light such as the screen of a mobile phone or a torch.
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