Understanding Fire

FIRE IS FAST!………. There is little time to react and make a safe escape. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can grow to a huge blaze. Most fires occur when people are asleep, and if you awake to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables. There may only be time to escape.

FIRE IS HOT!………. Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire’s heat can kill. Room temperatures can be 100 degrees at the floor and over 600 degrees at eye level. Super heated air will burn your lungs and melt clothing to your skin. In five minutes a room will flashover, which means everything that can burn will ignite. You cannot survive a flashover.

FIRE IS DARK!………. Fire isn’t bright, its pitch black. Fire starts bright but quickly produces thick black smoke and complete darkness. You may be blinded, disoriented, and unable to escape the home you’ve lived in for years.

FIRE IS DEADLY!………. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless carbon monoxide produced by all burning can lull you into a deep sleep before flames reach you. You may not wake up in time to escape.