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  • DO NOT TOUCH EXPLOSIVE ITEMS AND IMMEDIATELY MOVE AWAY!
  • IN THE EVENT OF AN EXPLOSION, DROP TO THE GROUND AND COVER YOUR HEAD!
  • FIND A SAFER ESCAPE ROUTE!

Warning signs

  • You hear or see a warning message.
  • You hear or see an explosion.
  • You find an explosive device.
  • You see an unattended suspicious item, which does not belong within the specific environment.
  • You see an item with an explosion danger label involved in an accident (fire, traffic accident, etc.).

How to act in case of the risk of explosion

  • Do not touch or move an item suspected of being a bomb or any other potentially explosive item. Moving may activate it.
  • Move away from the dangerous item, to a distance of at least 50 metres. Stay in the shadow of a building, such that you have no visual contact with the suspicious item. Keep away from windows, to protect yourself against bombshells and broken glass.
  • Report what you have found to the emergency number 112 and be available to the explosive clearance personnel by phone.
  • Warn the people nearby.
  • Fulfil the orders of authorities. In the event of the risk of explosion, people could be evacuated from the area.

How to act in case of an explosion

  • In case of an explosion, drop on the ground and protect your head and neck with your hands, in order to avoid life-threatening injuries.
  • Shelter behind the nearest wall or furniture. Keep away from windows.
  • If the building catches fire or there is a danger of collapse, exit quickly. Do not use lifts.
  • If, during an explosion, you are in a location that is in no imminent danger, stay there and calmly assess the situation.
  • If you are inside, and the building has not caught on fire or started to collapse after the explosion, there is no need to rush in exiting the building. Find the safest exit, considering the risk of collapse or deliberate attack. Do not use lifts. Do not push or hustle.
  • In the event of a suspected deliberate attack, if possible, keep away from the mass of people and favour using emergency exits.
  • When outside the building, move further from the dangerous place, while keeping away from the mass of people. Stay away from buildings in danger of collapse and do not move under power lines.
  • If you escape without injuries, help others during the evacuation without putting yourself in danger and, if necessary, provide first aid. (See Chapter “First Aid”, page 36.)
  • Report the event to the emergency number 112.

What to do in a crisis

Every state does whatever it can to prevent or respond to crisis situations. Still, help will not always reach all people quickly enough because some crises can affect a large part of the population and last for days or even weeks.

Until help arrives and services are resumed, your welfare and that of your loved ones will largely depend on your own preparedness.

The web page “Kriis.ee” contains tips on how to get prepared for various types of crisis situations and what to do if there actually is one.

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