A caller from North West DC asked the following question: What is the best way to put out a grease fire if you don't have a fire extinguisher?
* Don't use ice or ice water. Ice can shock the area and result in your body rejecting the cold, resulting in more burning from the inside as body defends itself against new threat.
* Cover the burned area with a sterile, dry bandage (such as a gauze pad) and avoid applying tape to the burned area. Also, avoid using ointments, petroleum jelly, or other home remedies on the burn, as these trap in the heat and will increase the severity of the burn. If the burn is on an extremity, keep that area elevated to combat swelling.
*DO NOT run cool water over the burn. Also, if there is any clothing that is stuck to the burn, don't remove it. You may, however, apply a sterile, dry bandage (such as a gauze pad), again avoiding the application of tape to the burn.
* Immediately cool the burn by placing it under cool water for 10-15 minutes. Cool water reduces skin damage and minimizes the pain.
* NEVER use butter, lotions, ice, or ointments. This only seals the heat in.
STOP where you are.
A great goal would be to link between smoke detectors and how important they are and residential sprinklers.
The detector gets you out of the house and then the sprinklers extinguish the fire.
DC Fire Dept has fire extinguisher training. Tomorrow (October 7, 2009) at Gallaudet University they'll have demo with 2 mock dorm rooms decorated by the students and they will light both on. One has sprinklers and the other one doesn't. We know the result will be quite dramatic. Wag'N will do some on scene reporting since we will be there to hand over the pet oxygen masks.
Note that the technology of smoke detectors hasn't dramatically improved but has shown progress by merging smoke and carbon monoxide detectors all in 1 unit. Carbon monoxide is oderless, colorless, tasteless. That is your silent killer! So please don't risk your life over a $1 battery replacement! The instructions - if you kept them of feel like having a google moment - can tell you how to service it. If it beeps and annoys you, get a new detector! You can't get a new life!
Did you know that more than 60% of homes don't have smoke detectors? Wow! Do you? Compliance in this case is to help save you. Like seatbelts they might not be super cool looking but wearing one can save your life! Smoke detectors are not expensive and you need to deal with it twice a year (change batteries). Is that really a government plot? Na. Maybe its a Wag'N Plot to keep your two and four legged friends safe!
FYI: Not all fires are caused by matches! You might not always be in the same room when its ignited either! Wag On! Get your smoke detectors NOW!