DOH gives tips to avoid suffocation during fire

MANILA — In case of fire, drop and crawl under the smoke toward an open exit door.

This was the advice given by Dr. Gloria Balboa, director of the Department of Health’s (DOH) Health Emergency and Management Bureau, to avoid being trapped in a burning place.

Cover your nose with a moist or wet cloth to avoid suffocating from the smoke, Balboa told a press briefing held at the DOH media relations unit in Tayuman, Sta. Cruz, Manila on Friday, in the wake of the Resorts World Manila incident where some 36 people reportedly died of suffocation after a still unidentified gunman barged into the luxury casino hotel, torched gaming tables and stole PHP113 million worth of chips before setting himself on fire.

DOH spokesperson, Dr. Eric Tayag, explained that fire emits toxic gases, such as carbon dioxide, that can knock people out.

Thus in case one sees or smells smoke, he/she must immediately exit the building, he said.

“Be sure you are able to go out first before calling for help,” Tayag said, emphasizing the importance of wasting no time. LSJ/