A firefighter works at the explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Aug. 13, 2015.(Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
A firefighter works at the explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Aug. 13, 2015.(Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

A firefighter works at the explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Aug. 13, 2015.(Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
A firefighter works at the explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Aug. 13, 2015.(Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
The blasts that occurred late Wednesday night in north China’s port city Tianjin have killed at least 56 people, including 21 firefighters. As of Friday morning, a total of 701 were injured, of whom 70 still in critical condition.

In case of an explosion, what should be done to protect yourself and minimize the consequences? Here is something you may want to keep in mind:

1) Move away immediately in a direction upwind of the source.

2) Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways.

Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows an apartment damaged in the explosions in the Binhai New Area in Tianjin. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)
Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows an apartment damaged in the explosions in the Binhai New Area in Tianjin. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

3) Once you are out, do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.

4) Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. Try to breathe through dense-weave cotton material.

Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows burnt vehicles near the core area of the explosion site in Tianjin.(Xinhua/Cai Yang)
Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2015 shows burnt vehicles near the core area of the explosion site in Tianjin.(Xinhua/Cai Yang)

5) If you are trapped in debris, use a flashlight to signal your location, or tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are. Shout only as a last resort.

6) Listen to radio or stay connected to Internet, if possible, for information and instructions from authorities.

Vehicles are damaged under a bridge near the explosive site in Binhai New Area of Tianjin. (Xinhua)
Vehicles are damaged under a bridge near the explosive site in Binhai New Area of Tianjin. (Xinhua)

7) Prepare an emergency supply kit so that you can bring it with you when disaster strikes.

(Source: FEMA.gov)

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