Professional fire fighters say you should get out, stay out, and let the professionals do their job. That's surely the best way to save lives. But for many of us, the property that is at risk in a fire is valuable. And if the fire department is far away, we must either act to protect our interests, or watch what we have burn.
You must also act fast because a fire in the house will fill it with smoke, and you can become incapacitated or disoriented. If the house is already full of smoke, all you can do is get out. Most people who die in fires are killed by smoke and gases. If the house fills up, get out.
|Small extinguishers like this can be kept in key spots round the house.|
|A 6 liter liquid filled kitchen fire extinguisher|
|Headlamp, flashlight, work light. Keep them close at hand, in bedroom, kitchen, garage|
If you are really serious about this, and you live in the country, you may also want to look at fire suppression grenades. These devices are thrown into a burning room, where they discharge a mist that cools the room and interrupts the chemical reactions necessary to sustain fire. They can be astonishingly effective, as this video shows. One big benefit of the grenade is that you can safely throw it into a smoke filled room that you could not otherwise enter, and there's good chance it will knock down or put out the fire all by itself.