- Give facts on fire accidents. Mention the likely reasons for fire accidents.
- Mention safety measures in points.
Fire is a phenomenon of combustion manifested in intense heat and light in the form of flames.
The 2004 fire in a school in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, sparked debates on the safety of schools in the country. This incident is tragic, as around 30,000 lives are lost yearly due to fire accidents.
Common reasons for fire accidents include faulty wiring, discarded cigarettes left on flammable materials, and smoke detectors that fail to activate.
The fuel must be heated to its ignition temperature for any combustion. The reaction will continue as long as there is enough heat, fuel and oxygen. This is known as the fire triangle. By cutting the supply of even one, we can control fire.
A significant concern for anyone involved in a fire accident is the damage that smoke inhalation can cause to the lungs. When smoke inhalation injuries are combined with external burns, the chance of death increases significantly.
In case one is trapped in a fire accident. Here are some of the essential safety measures that one can follow.
- Call 101 and report a fire.
- Lie low to prevent smoke inhalation.
- Raise an alarm and get out at the earliest.&
- Never go back into the building, even if your valuables are there. Remember, your life is more important.