Fire safety saves lives, and it’s important to have a working knowledge of what will lead you to safety in the event of a fire. There are some myths out there that you should be mindful of, to make sure you have the correct information for various scenarios.
Fire vs. Smoke
It’s a myth that when a fire occurs, most people succumb to the flames rather than the smoke. The truth is that most fire injuries and casualties come because of smoke inhalation. Smoke travels throughout a home in about three to five minutes, which is a faster rate than the flames themselves. Carbon monoxide and other materials make the smoke extremely toxic, causing people to choke and lose consciousness.
Residential vs. Nonresidential
Many people believe that more people succumb to nonresidential fires rather than residential ones, mainly because of the size of the building and number of people involved. The fact is that residential fires lead in fire injuries, deaths, and damage. Homeowners should ensure that their smoke alarms are in good, working condition and tested regularly.
Speed of Growth
There’s a myth that you have more time than you do to escape the flames of a building fire. In fact, flames do indeed spread rapidly, especially if surrounded by flammable materials. After the initial flame, fires can double in size after each minute.
Fire Alarm Myth
Some people believe that your smoke alarm will sound before a fire has ignited, giving you more time to escape the flames. While some smoke detectors are designed for early detection, most aren’t quite that sensitive. It’s best to plan to evacuate and call authorities immediately to ensure your safety.
The myth is that all sprinklers in a sprinkler system will activate at the same time. This is a dangerous myth and simply not true as sprinklers react in each room, individually. In most cases, it only takes one sprinkler to contain a fire, which is the one that activates first in response.
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