How to React to Explosions in Your Vicinity

Two Methods:If There is a FireIf You Are Trapped in Debris



Being in the midst of explosions is a terrifying, panic-inducing, and confusing experience. Initially it is unlikely that you will know the cause and the first things that you should do are to protect your life and the lives around you before trying to investigate. This article explains how to react in the event of an explosions in your vicinity.

Steps

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    Take shelter against your desk or a sturdy table.
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    Exit the building ASAP.
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    Use the stairs to exit. Do not use elevators as these may be broken or may be affected by additional explosions.
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    Check for fire and other hazards.
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    Take your emergency supply kit if time allows.
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    Account for others. Do a head count and check for young children and those with disabilities in particular.

Method 1
If There is a Fire

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    Exit the building ASAP.
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    Crawl low if there is smoke.
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    Use a wet cloth, if possible, to cover your nose and mouth.
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    Use the back of your hand to feel the upper, lower, and middle parts of closed doors.
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    If the door is not hot, brace yourself against it and open slowly.
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    If the door is hot, do not open it. Look for another way out.
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    Use the stairs to exit. Do not use elevators.
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    If you catch fire, do not run. Stop-drop-and-roll to put out the fire.
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    If you are at home, go to a previously designated meeting place.
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    Account for your family members, colleagues, etc., and carefully supervise small children.
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    Never go back into a burning building.

Method 2
If You Are Trapped in Debris

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    If possible, use a flashlight to signal your location to rescuers.
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    Avoid unnecessary movement so that you don't kick up dust.
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    Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. (Dense-weave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)
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    Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Try to keep a rhythm; random taps and noise might sound natural, but if you keep a rhythm, it will be more noticeable as intentional.
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    If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers.
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    Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy furniture
  • Emergency kit
  • Wet cloth
  • Whistle
  • Cover for mouth/nose if trapped

Sources and Citations

  • Original source of article, Ready America, Explosions. Public domain resource.

Tips

  • Be Batman. Batman is cool and can survive these things.
  • Be Robin. Come on, if you can't be Batman, at least be his gay sidekick.

Article Info

Categories: Disaster Preparedness