FIRE CAN ENGULF A HOUSE IN 60 SECONDS! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND QUICK METHOD OF ESCAPE!!!
Most of us would say yes, thinking of fire in the movies. Unfortunately, fire does not live up to these expectations. As thrilling as the idea of crashing into a burning building to save someone may sound, in reality, this would kill you in moments. Since heated air rises, temperatures increase about 100 degree Fahrenheit every foot.
At these temperatures a person can be instantly burned to death. The smoke produced by fire is not like fog as it appears in the movies. You cannot see through the smoke, and the lack of oxygen will swiftly overcome a person. Also, the smoke from a fire can asphyxiate you before you smell it. Don’t rely on your nose; rely on well-kept smoke detectors.
Every year about 6,000 people die in fires in their homes. Many home fires start in areas where the may block main exits. For instance, the most likely room in the house for a fire is the kitchen. Frightenly enough, the bedroom is the third most likely place for a fire to start, and most home fires start between eight a.m. and eight p.m.
When fire attacks, your home can become a death trap. Heat rises, and smoke and deadly gases can race ahead of flames, paralyzing a sleeping person.
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Check smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries at least once a year. Smoke detectors sense abnormal amounts of smoke or invisible combustion gases in the air. They can detect both smoldering and burning fires. At least one smoke detector should be installed on every level of a structure.
Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to emergency services from inside the home.
Give first aid where appropriate. Seriously injured victims should be transported to professional medical help immediately. Stay out of the damaged building. Return only when fire authorities say it is safe.
You may have installed a very expensive home security system. But if you cannot escape the burning structure you have a false level of confidence.
Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that may burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to sleep. Children and pets should always be kept away from them.
Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy. Carelessly discard cigarettes are a leading cause of fire deaths in the Untied States.
Keep cooking areas clear of combustible and wear shorts or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned inward so they do not over-hang the stove. If grease catches fire, carefully slide lid over the pan and smother the flames, then turn off the burner.
In the hands of a child, matches and lighters can be deadly! Store them where kids can’t reach them. Preferably in a locked area. Teach children that matches and lighters are “tools” and they should only be used by adults.
If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and don’t overload extension cords. They should not run under rugs. Never tamper with the fuse box or use the improper size fuse.
If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. If the burn blisters or chars, see a doctor immediately.
If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable drapes and low ceiling areas. Never leave them on when you leave your home or office.