Fire Dangers at Home
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears visits the Los Angeles County Fire Department to see how quickly one room in a house can go up in flames.
Upholstered furniture, curtains, cushions, carpet and beds can all contain highly flammable materials. California is the only state that has a law to regulate the flammability of household materials. Learn more by reading Technical Bulletin 117, or TB 117.
Smoke Inhalation Dangers
Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death from a fire. During a fire, smoke fills the air and takes the space that is normally filled with oxygen. The smoke is a mixture of gases and heated particles that enter the body through the lungs and disrupt the respiratory tract.
As a fire grows, levels of carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, increase. On a cellular level, carbon monoxide binds to the hemoglobin in blood cells 200 times faster than oxygen, quickly displacing vital oxygen that the body needs to survive.
Fire Safety Action Plan
Every second counts when a fire breaks out. Go inside the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s firefighter’s training tower to see how firefighters train for a fire.
Make sure you and your family members follow these steps if a fire breaks out in your home:
1. Stay calm.
2. Stay low.
3. Don’t touch doorknobs with your bare hands. Instead, wrap a towel or piece of clothing around the knob to open. If you don’t have any materials and you must use your hands, use the back of your hand.
4. Have a working fire extinguisher in your home.
5. Install smoke alarms throughout your home.
6. Place glow-in-the-dark tape on the floor to help guide your family to exits.
Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher: PASS
P = Pull the pin
A = Aim for the base of the fire
S = Squeeze the trigger
S = Sweep the nozzle in a side-to-side motion
Hotel Housekeeping Horrors
An anonymous housekeeper from a major hotel chain blows the whistle on cleaning shortcuts that might make you think twice before checking in!
Patty’s Hotel Sanitation Steps:
1. Avoid the ice bucket: they are rarely cleaned, never disinfected and hotbeds for germs and bacteria. If you need to use the bucket, be sure to use a liner.
2. Check the bed sheets and mattress pad for bed bugs and bodily fluids.
3. Bring your own sheets and towels.
4. Never sit on the bedspread.
5. Use a sanitizer to wipe off the phone, TV remote, light switches, sink and toilet seat.
6. Always wear slippers or socks to walk on the floor.
7. Never take a bath in a hotel bathtub.