What Is A Flashover?
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fire statistics are Scary
The home fire average statistics through 2016 from the
National Fire Prevention Association (USA) are as follows:
365,500 – Residential fires annually
2,650 – Deaths from smoke inhalation, daily average is 7
11,670 – Civilian fire injuries
$6.5 – Billion in property loss
7% – Of homes have sprinkler systems
66% – Occur in homes with inoperable or no smoke alarms
CAUSES OF FATALITIES IN HOME FIRES
1 – SMOKING – Smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars—# 1 cause of fatalities. 23%
2 – COOKING – Is the 2nd most common cause of home fire fatalities. 21%
3 – HEATING – 3rd cause. 19%
4 – FAULTY ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION & EQUIPMENT – 19%
5 – ARSON – Unbelievably is 5th. 15%
6 – SEASONAL FIRES/other CAUSES – Christmas, New Years and other occasions. 3%
Things You Must Know
Home Fires Are:
FAST Studies have shown that 30 years ago it
took 17 minutes for a house to be engulfed in
flames—today it takes less than 3 minutes. This includes thick black smoke, including many
deadly gases, and heat up to 1,400 degrees. All
this makes flashover time, escape time, and
collapse time much shorter.
HOT Room temperatures in a flash fire can be
100 degrees at the floor and 600 degrees at the ceiling. You can inhale this hot air only once—you cannot survive.
DARK Fire at first lights up the room, but quickly produces thick black smoke and total darkness so that you can no longer see to get out of the house. If it is possible, on your hands and knees you will have to feel your way to the door or window to escape the fire. Obviously, reduced visibility because of smoke is dangerous enough, but smoky vapors can severely effect your eyes and your respiratory system and can be deadly in seconds.
DEADLY Smoke and deadly gases from combustion kill many more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases as synthetic materials burn they increase the hazards of combustion dramatically.
Why are there Flashovers today?
In 2008, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) conducted a study comparing traditional solid wood materials found in the construction of older homes, with currently used lightweight “engineered” lumber and found that the latter reached structural failure in a fire 36-60% faster than solid wood assemblies. The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), labeled this rapid structural failure under fire conditions a “high level of concern.”
In recent years furniture, wood trim, floor coverings, stuffed upholstery, mattresses, pillows, carpeting, shingles, draperies and nearly everything in the closets, are all made with synthetics—polyurethane, vinyl, radon, nylon, polyvinyl chloride, polymer, polystyrene, Teflon, thermoplastic polyurethanes, Orlon, and on and on. Since many synthetics are made of hydrocarbons, many experts say that when these synthetics burn, it is like tossing a match into a can of gasoline.
If you are caught in a home fire, keep in mind that it is in most cases smoke, not fire, that will take your life. Inhaling smoke from a fire, you are inhaling a combination of toxic products, the 2 largest and most dangerous are carbon monoxide and cyanide. Hence the necessity of the combo Smoke and CO alarm. The best advice is to “GET OUT IMMEDIATELY!”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that fires involving these synthetic materials accounted for the largest share of fire deaths of any first item ignited in US homes.
Why do homes burn down so quickly today?
Find out how dangerous a flashover is—the video below is 4:47 minutes long.
Please, watch it—it’s riveting!
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Don't Freak Out---Get Out, then Call For Help!
- Have the best smoke alarms, frequently checked and currently working, and located in every place they should be!
- Have a well laid out plan of escape, rehearsed every 6 months with the whole family.
- Don’t look for valuables, get your family and your pets, and get out, then call for help!
- Never return to your burning house, leave that in the hands of the firemen who are equipped and trained to do so!
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