It is no secret that fires are dangerous and destructive. Learning more about fires and how to prevent them is the best way to avoid risks and keep your family as safe as possible. We’ve put together a list of 5 things you should know about fires.
It is Fast
- It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major fire. In under two minutes thick black smoke will fill a home and it will become engulfed in flames.
- If a fire occurs in your home it is important to remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. You should never return to a home for anything or anyone.
It is Hot
- The heat from flames is extremely dangerous. A fire produces temperatures of 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. When inhaled these hot air temperatures can quickly scorch lungs and melt clothes to skin.
It is Dark
- With the light of flames, smoke is quick to follow. Thick black smoke will overtake a home within minutes, casting complete darkness.
It is Deadly
- Fires produce poisonous gases that quickly affect the body, making a person drowsy and disoriented. These gases along with smoke kill more people in fires than flames do by a 3-to-1 ratio. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths.
- Getting out of your home in under two minutes is crucial for your family’s safety. Having a plan in place that has been practiced is critical.
- All household members including children should know how to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Be sure your children know what the smoke alarm sounds like and what they should do if they hear it.
- Create and practice a fire escape plan with your family. The National Fire Protection Agency has a downloadable worksheet that can help you make a kid-friendly escape plan. Your plan should be practiced at least twice a year.
It Can Often Be Prevented
- Being prepared is the best way to avoid the risks of a fire in your home. Fire prevention includes periodically checking items around the home along with daily careful practices. Some simple tips include educating yourself about fire risks, installing and checking smoke alarms, checking appliances and wiring, keeping dryers clean and free of lint, using caution and safety practices in the kitchen, and keeping flammables in safe places.
Fires don’t mess around. They can cause destruction quickly and become dangerous in a matter of seconds. Knowing the dangers that fires pose and how to prevent them is an important step in home safety.
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