Nearly thirty people have been displaced after a massive fire in Bridgeport that destroyed two homes. WFSB reports that the fire broke out around 2am in the area of Putnam and Brooks Streets.
The Bridgeport Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers are glad to hear that everyone was able to escape the houses safely. Accidents like this remind us of fire safety, which is why we’ve put together this list of eight things to do when you discover a fire.
If the smoke alarm goes off, or you discover a fire in your home, shout to wake everyone up and alert them. Get everyone together, and follow your escape plan to get out of your home. If you don’t have an escape plan, take the time now to figure out safe ways to leave your home in an emergency.
- Do not stop to investigate the fire or collect valuables.
- Use your escape route to get everyone out and meet at an agreed point.
- Close any doors which are open, and only open the doors you need to go through. This will help to stop the fire spreading so rapidly.
- Check doors with the back of your hand. If a door is warm, don’t open it. There is fire on the other side.
- If there is a lot of smoke, crawl along the floor as the air is cleaner.
- Once you’ve got everyone out of the building, call 9-1-1 from any phone. Give the operator your name and address.
- Don’t go back into the building for any reason. If there is still someone inside, tell firefighters when they arrive. They will be able to find the person quicker and more safely than you.
- Find somewhere safe to wait for firefighters. When they arrive, try to give them as much information as possible about the fire and the building.
While the Bridgeport Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers hope you never have to employ these tips, it’s important to have them in mind. Take the time to discuss fire safety with your family, and make sure everyone knows the escape plan and meeting place in case of a fire.