Learn About Home Fires

In just two minutes a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can, be engulfed in flames.

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a 3-to-1 ratio.

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Home Fire Drills(Safety Video)

Home fire drills give your family a plan of action.

In a home fire, you may have less than two minutes to get out.

So when you drill show everyone two ways out of the house:

1. Pick a safe meeting spot, and get there in under 2 minutes.

2. Then practice home fire drills at least twice a year.

You can even make them fun, so everyone knows the sound and exactly what to do when they hear a smoke alarm. 

Plan for your pet. They are an important member of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan. 🐾

 Be Safe & Prepared. 

Article credit : https://www.ready.gov/