If you're planning to attend a celebration during this holiday season, will you be able to get out safely should a fire unexpectedly erupt while you're busy celebrating? It’s important to give thought to the possibility that trying to get out of a crowded place in an emergency could instantly become a matter of life and death.
If you haven't, now is the time to be prepared for that kind of emergency:
As soon as you get to your designated place, familiarize yourself with where all of the exits are. Don't just glance in the direction of the exits. Actually walk the path to at least one of those exits from where you will be standing or sitting. Remember, the power will likely go out from the fire. The possibility of becoming disoriented in the dark or from smoke inhalation is extremely high. It's crucial that you know in which direction to hurry to as soon as a fire erupts.
Wear non-flowing clothing and practical shoes. Keep any laces tied to prevent tripping.
Don’t stop to collect your possessions (e.g., purse, clothing, shoes). Leave them behind and get out! Prevent getting knocked down at all costs.
Should a stampede situation develop as celebration-goers surge for the nearest exit, turn in the direction of an alternate exit, such as the back door or a window you can throw a chair through if necessary to make your escape.
Take care when negotiating staircases, ramps and elevated flooring. The force of a moving crowd can become impossible to manage, causing you to trip, fall, and possibly be trampled.
For further tips to keep you safe in a crowded area, click here.