Weekly First-aid Topic: Tips for Self-Aid in a Fire
From:Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning


What should we do while suffering from burn in a fire?

In the event of a fire, we should call the police immediately. It is advised to cover the mouth and nose with a wet towel and quickly evacuate the fire without taking the elevator. If your body is on fire, you can soak in water or lay down and put out the fire, and never stand still or run. When there is fire in high buildings with no possibility for escaping, it is suggested to temporarily hide in the balcony or the enclosed staircase of the building. If all the safe passages are cut off, you can enter the bathroom and close the doors and windows, then fill the bathtub with water, so that you can put out the fire or avoid it in the water.

Here are some first aid tips for burns. It is advised to wash the wound with water and wrap it with clean cloth. If you are scalded by liquid, you should immediately cut off the wet clothes and do not forcibly tear it off. One suffers from large area of burn (more than 40%) should seek medical treatment timely. If there is vomiting, fasting within 24 hours. Taking a small amount of water to wet the mouth when the patient is thirsty.