Don't break the windows, firefighters warn

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) - A bystander or anyone who wants to help firefighters during a fire should follow one simple idea, don't break the windows, a Tuckerman firefighter said Thursday.

According to Lt. Blake Burns of the Tuckerman Fire Department, the first thought is to break a window. However, breaking a window could create a major problem.

"You got fuel, you got oxygen, you got chemical reaction, and you got heat. Don't break out windows. Say if the fire has died down before we get there, and you break down a window it gives oxygen back to the fire, which will start it back up and will go to towards the direction of the window is," Burns said.

Burns said if firefighters have not arrived at the scene, people should carefully knock on the doors to make sure no one is home or that everyone has left.

People can also call 911 for help, and before a fire happens, people should have a meeting place. Also, people should know their routes in and out of their home and always have an escape plan.

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