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First Fire Response

What you can do in the case of fire

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Fires happen very often, especially in informal settlements. It is important that you know what you can do to when a fire breaks out. Find here a few tips. Check out also how to make a fire extinguisher for your home and what you can do to prevent a fire outbreak.

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7 Tips what to do in case of fire

Call the local fire brigades!

Check out the right number for your area. Keep the roads clear and support the fire fighters to find the right way.

Try to suppress (small) fires


  • a fire extinguisher
  • a thick blanket or a special fire blanket
  • Metal cooking pot lids
  • Buckets of water or sand
  • Bicarbonate of soda (e.g. for burning oil pots)

Always aim at base of fire!

If the fire is too big to extinguish, run to a safe place

Don’t inhale the smoke!

Tell children and elderly where to go

Leave all your belongings

Take your emergency bag but leave all other belongings.

By wetting the surrounding shacks with water you can prevent the fire spreading.


Fire outbreaks are complex. These are just a few recommendations. It’s not a comprehensive list. You can find in-depth information on fire prevention here.

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