Consider this: A fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U.S. every 16 seconds. A residential fire occurs every 74 seconds. To protect your family, you should understand the nature of fire.
FIRE IS DARK. In television and movies, fire is often portrayed as a bright light, but fire is actually pitch black. You must memorize escape plans. Alarm models with an escape light can help light a pathway. MAKE AN ESCAPE PLAN. http://www.sparky.org/greatescape/index.html
SMOKE FROM FIRE KILLS: Fire victims typically succumb to smoke inhalation before flames reach them. More fire deaths occur when people are sleeping. Many people falsely believe that they would awaken during a fire, but toxic gases actually put people into a deeper sleep.
FIRE IS INTENSELY HOT: This might seem obvious, but few understand that fire can cause the temperature to rise several hundred degrees in seconds. That degree of heat can prompt the human body to stop functioning and lose consciousness, making escape impossible.
FIRE IS FAST: A home can be completely consumed by fire in less than five minutes.
BE PREPARED!! It can save your life and your family.
- Create two fire escape plans from each room. Rehearse exiting each room quickly.
- Young children often panic in fires, hiding in closets or under beds. Teach young children to get out of a burning house immediately.
- Choose a meeting place outside of your home to make it easy to account for all family members.
- NEVER IGNORE AN ALARM!! If it sounds, there is a reason.
- Feel a door and door handle before you open it. If the doorknob or door is hot, DO NOT open it. Use another escape route.
- CLOSE DOORS BEHIND YOU TO STALL A FIRE.
- Stay low. Smoke and heat rise.
- Get outside IMMEDIATELY. Call 911 from a neighbor’s house. Give your address and full name. Stay on the line to make sure the operator has all of the information.
- NEVER GO BACK INTO A BURNING BUILDING FOR ANY REASON!