Smoke and gas attacks pose a serious threat to human life and health. Although such incidents are rare, it is important to know how to act in such situations to minimize the risk to health and life. This article describes what to do if you encounter a smoke or gas attack indoors or outdoors.
Here’s what to do in the event of a smoke or gas attack indoors or outdoors, how to call emergency assistance, how to protect your airways, and how to exit a building safely.
How to behave indoors during a smoke or gas attack.
Immediately open windows and doors to expel smoke or gas from the room. If you cannot open the window, ask someone nearby for help. If no one is around, break down the windows and doors to get some fresh air.
If the room is completely filled with smoke or gas, leave the building or room immediately.
Call an ambulance and fire department.
How to act in the event of an outdoor smoke or gas attack:
- If you notice smoke or the smell of gas in the street, leave the area immediately and contact your local emergency services or fire department.
- Try to protect your airway by covering your mouth and nose with a damp cloth such as a scarf or towel.
- Seek medical attention if you experience dizziness, headache, or other symptoms.
- Keep your lower body below the surface of the smoke or gas and breathe slowly and deeply to reduce the amount of smoke or gas entering your lungs.
- If you have a protective mask or respirator, wear it to reduce the amount of smoke and gas entering your lungs.
Do not use the elevator if smoke or gas attacks occur. If you don’t use it, you may be stuck in the building.
By following these tips, you can minimize the risk of damage in the event of a smoke or gas attack. Remember to always put your safety first and seek help immediately.
The tips in this post are for informational purposes only and are not a call to action.