Here is what to do when you're trapped in a fire

There are lots of ideas on what to do when faced with a scenario where you find yourself trapped in a fire but are those effective?

The sad thing is that some people lose lives because they simply don't know what to do. Some make the situation even worse because of panic.

A forensic scientist who has a deep understanding of how fires spread, Dr David Klatzow shares tips on how to handle the situation to avoid fatalities in fires.

In the presence of a fire, you have to keep low and crawl on the floor as fast as you can to the exit.

Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator

Have a planned escape route. In a case where a house is burglar-barred, at least have the keys near at hand or where everybody in the whole family is aware of them.

Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator

Have firefighting equipment in the house. It is not that expensive to have a fire extinguisher in the house these days.

Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator

Do not go back in to rescue anything unless it's a human. People get killed when going back into the fire because of the smoke and the toxic nature of the gases produced in the fire.

Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator

Time is of essence you have to get out of there as soon as you can...

Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator

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