There is a popular saying about fire that goes: “When it is small, it is your friend; when it is big, it is your enemy”.
Fire can be very useful. We use fire to cook. Food will not be very interesting if we had to eat them raw all the time! It can also help warm us up when it is cold or shine some light when it is dark.
However, fires can be dangerous too. Small fires can accidentally become big and spread to large areas very quickly. Big fires can badly burn you and the smoke from these fires can be poisonous as well. Many people die because they get trapped in burning buildings. This is why you should never play with fire even if it is small.
It is important to make sure that your house is safe from fires. The first thing you should do is check your kitchen. Are there any things near the stove that can easily catch fire? Check if there are wipe cloths, tissue rolls or oil nearby. Sometimes, the wind can blow the fire from the stove towards these things. Fires can spread easily this way.
Make sure that there is a fire extinguisher in your house. Fire extinguishers are usually long and red and filled with a special foam. When there is a fire, quickly point it towards the fire and press the handle down. There is a safety pin you must take out first. The special foam will shoot out and put out the fire. Every year, a trained fire specialist should check the fire extinguishers to make sure they are working properly.
Some houses have fire alarms and sprinklers on the ceiling. Fire alarms are useful when fires happen at night while everyone is asleep. The alarm will ring loudly so that everyone can wake up and escape. Sprinklers will spray water around the room when there is a fire. These should be checked every year as well.
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