v‘T—m Viz-r ‘ _ Things to Know and Do 135 IN A BURNING HOUSE Remember that in a house aﬁre there is always good air near the ﬂoor, so crawl with head low if the room is full of smoke. If you must open a window, close the door ﬁrst. Then get out and wave anything you can get, shout and wait. Some ﬁreman will be sure to see and save you if you keep cool. Remember these men are absolutely brave, sure, and quick, they know their business; they are there to help you. The ﬁre that is so serious to you is an everyday thing to them. I might almost say they never fail, unless the victim does not keep cool. We may make jokes about our street cleaners, and write harsh things at times about the police and the alderman, but we are always proud of our ﬁremen, and whatever they tell you to do is sure to be the best thing possible at the time. If your clothing is on ﬁre, roll in any woolen blanket, rug, or coat you can ﬁnd. If you ﬁnd an insensible person in a room full of smoke, get him on the ﬂoor, tie his hands together loosely with a towel or suspenders; if you have no cord, throw the. end of his coat over his face around your neck, and he is on the ﬂoor below you; then crawl out on all fours, straddling him as you drag him. If some one is cut oﬁ, up aloft, so he must jump, let half a dozen men hold a canvas blanket or other strong cloth for him to jump on. Hold it as high as you can with its centre about twelve feet from the baseof the wall, and he can jump safely from a great height. Of course, you can help him to hit it by moving it to ﬁt his jump after he is started. Keep all doors and windows closed as much as possible to cut OR the draft. But always see that the alarm has gone in. Sleep Outdoors As you drive through New England in the evening, summer, or winter, you must notice a great many beds out of doors, on piazza or on sun-deck. Many of these are beds of persons who are suﬁering from lung trouble. They have found out that this is the way to cure it. Some of them are the beds of persons who fear lung trouble and this they know is the way to evade it. Take, then, this lesson: If possible, every boy should sleep out of doors as much as possible; not on the ground, and not in the wind, but in a bed, warm, dry, and rainproof, and he will be the better for it.
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