Fire Safety 101- What to do if you’re ever in a fire

As we carry out our day-to-day activities, we take umpteen precautions to ensure our safety. We wear seatbelts when traveling, baby proof our homes and lock our windows and doors at night for safety. However, when it comes to battling against emergencies such as fire, we often fail to see the bigger picture. With failure of concerned authorities, a lack of awareness among the public and inadequate safety measures, the fire accidents have tripled in number within the last two decades in our country.

Thus, fire safety has become more important than ever. Let us see what we can do to avoid such tragedies.

Plan ahead

Families and offices must have a well-rehearsed emergency escape plan sorted out. Make a checklist that not only includes a list of necessities but also the list of helpful phone numbers available in the area to call as soon as an emergency fire situation arises.

Papers and valuables

Since the fire can take place any time, it is wise to keep copies of all your important documents. Along with these important documents, storing photographs and other valuables, which hold special sentiments, may also be useful.

Fire safety at workplace

When Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense (BFSCD) carried out a yearlong inspection, the results frightened us.Less than hundred establishments had tisfactory fire-safety initiatives out of the inspected 2612 establishments.

The alarming statistics show the urgency to ensure a workplace with extensive fire safety measures. This starts with eliminating all workplace hazards such as damaged electrical outlets, cables and cords as well as overloaded circuits. Smoke detectors, fire sprinkler systems, multiple fire extinguishers and help for disabled and older employees must be installed in every floor of the office. Employees must know about emergency exit routes, fire safety training, emergency procedures and using fire extinguishers. Regular fire drills are another way to prepare employees better. Smoking should take place outdoors only and cigarettes should be extinguished properly in sand-filled cans. It is also of utmost importance to instil confidence in employees to stay calm and not panic in case of fire emergencies; rather, everyone should deal with the situation by working together calmly.

House fires

A house fire can rapidly spread and prove to be deadly. To avoid this, it is important to install smoke detectors/alarms in the house and constantly check that they are in working order. Never smoke near curtains, sofas or other fabrics. Adults must also instruct kids to stay away from lighters, candles or matches, educate them about fire safety and teach them about the escape routes. Be extra astute when cooking, maintaining distance from fire. Moreover, switch off all electrical and heating equipment when not in use to avoid accidents.

A two-week workshop on ‘Fire Safety in Buildings’ was arranged last month (February,2019) for professors of BUET by the department of architecture. Similar such sessions, workshops and seminars should be arranged at residential buildings, universities and workplaces to increase awareness, educate people about fire safety and to equip them with necessary knowledge for emergencies.

Let us take these little steps and do our part to prepare ourselves before or during a fire and ensure our safety. In a country where we head out of our houses everyday not knowing if we will be able to return alive, is it not better to be safe than to be sorry?

Stan Lee, Marvel’s real superhero, dies at 95

Stan Lee, the legendary writer and publisher who created numerous iconic comic characters for Marvel had died in a Los Angeles hospital on early Monday morning. He was 95 at the time of his death.

In his lifetime, Lee co-created popular comic characters like the X-men, Spiderman, Hulk and many more. He, with his co-artists and writers, notably Jack Kirby, catapulted Marvel into a media giant from a small comic venture.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, he grew up poor in Washington Heights. In 1939, Lee got a job as a gofer for $8 a week at Timely Comics. Two years later, for Kirby and Joe Simon’s “Captain America #3,” he wrote a two-page story titled “The Traitor’s Revenge! He used his pen name, Stan Lee.

Stan lee dies

In 1961, Lee and Kirby launched their own superhero series, The Fantastic Four, for the newly renamed Marvel Comics. Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men soon followed. The Avengers launched as its own title in September 1963.

When his Marvel characters were made into movies, he almost regularly had cameos in them. And it had become a norm in recent times to wait eagerly for a witty Lee cameo in an MCU movie.

Loved by fans worldwide, Stan Lee’s legacy will be left in the timeless characters that he created.