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How we can defeat the Fire Attack.
When the Enemy Plane throw Fire.
Ammanford Appliances.
 
When the Crowd Panic.
Trapped by Fire.
If the House Catches Fire.

 
Retirement of Captain David Davies.
Is Poison Gas a Weapon.
Former Auxiliary fire hero George medal
 

20th June 1940

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO
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IF THE HOUSE CATCHES FIRE?

 

 

The tactics of the German bombers have shown clearly the danger to which the civil population is exposed. Every householder should now be prepared to defend his home from a possible attack with incendiary bombs.

Their small incendiary bombs are light enough for one bombing machine to carry as many as 2000 of them. A single flight could therefore start a large number of outbreaks in a comparatively small space.

Secondly, the bombs are designed to break through a roof and rest on the first floor below it, so that the blaze will start in a part of the building that is difficult to get at.

TACKLE IT IMMEDIATELY.

Obviously an outbreak of this kind can be extinguished only if it is tackled immediately after the bomb ignites. It is an emergency in which moments count. The people who happen to be in the house must get t work at once.

Success will depend on carrying out the precautions recommended by the Ministry of Home Security. They are described in brief in the Householders Card, which is being distributed in the evacuable areas.

A stirrup hand-pump is the best thing to use, if you have got one, or are sharing one with your neighbour as members of the “fire parties.” One of you will creep along with the nozzle to apply the spray or the jet, while another will work the pump from ready filled buckets.

THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO HAND-PUMP.

Should you have no stirrup hand-pump, the best alternative is to have a ready, a shovel, a hoe, and a couple of buckets of sand or dry earth. Make sure both shovel and hoe have long handles, for the heat form the burning bomb is intense, and you must work as far from it as you can.

You should cover the bomb with sand from one bucket: scoop it up together with every fragment of burning metal, and lay it on the sand in the other bucket. Then carry it out of the house. The sand will not extinguish the bomb.

Use buckets of water, or a wet folded blanket to extinguish the fire caused by the bomb. If the flames resist, notify the Wardens' Post.

 

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