The Malik Fire Fiasco; How safe are you?

A fire bizarre stroke Malik Building and caused damages to billions worth of shillings property, yesterday at 8 P.M

The fire that shocked many is not the first incident that have happened in the Kenyan’s Capital and many are questioning what could have caused the fire.

The Nairobi County Government is alleged to have set aside a lot of money to facilitate the fire fighting within the CBD but that didn’t happen yesterday as the building was in blaze for quite some time.

How safe are you within your environment? A question that most people need to look on is about safety. Are Nairobi an safe at their different livelihoods?

Most buildings have been encompassed with fire extinguishers though some fires couldn’t be put off by a simple fire extinguisher.

What to do in case of fire

  • Immediately pull the nearest fire alarm pull station as you exit the building.
  • When evacuating the building, be sure to feel doors for heat before opening them to be sure there is no fire danger on the other side.
  • If there is smoke in the air, stay low to the ground, especially your head, to reduce inhalation exposure. Keep on hand on the wall to prevent disorientation and crawl to the nearest exit.
  • Once away and clear from danger, call your report contact and inform them of the fire.
  • Go to your refuge area and await further instructions from emergency personnel.
    Note: Resident staff will not go into every room to search for individuals.

Who to contact in case of fire

In order to ensure that the proper authorities are notified of a fire when the opportunity arises once you are safe from imminent danger, call any of the following:

Emergency Notification System 999

Fire Safety Precautions and Fire Systems Equipment

  • Keep doorways, corridors and egress paths clear and unobstructed.
  • Make sure that all electrical appliances and cords are in good condition and UL approved.
  • Do  not electrical outlets. Use surge protected multi-outlet power strips and extension cords when necessary.
  • Never store flammable materials in your room or apartment.
  • Do not tamper with any fire system equipment such as smoke detectors, pull stations or fire extinguishers. Doing so is a criminal offense.
  • Raising a false alarm is a criminal offense. It endangers the lives of the occupants and emergency personnel.
  • DO treat every fire alarm as an emergency. If the alarm sounds, exit the building immediately.

Fire safety Do’s

  • Do remain in your room if you are unable to exit the building safely because of smoke or fire.
  • Keep the door closed and await assistance from the fire department.
  • If smoke is entering under or around the door, stuff damp sheets or blankets in the spaces to help keep smoke out. If possible, open a window and waive or hang a brightly colored towel or garment to notify rescue personnel of your location.
  • DO close the doors behind you if it is safe to leave your room.
  • DO become aware of your neighbors and note if they have not evacuated and tell authorities they are missing and may need assistance.
  • DON’T assume that a fire alarm is a test or burned microwave popcorn. Any alarm could be the result of a dangerous fire.
  • DON’T waste time collecting personnel items. Take your keys and yourself to safety as soon as possible.
  • DON’T use the elevators during a fire emergency; always use the stairs.

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