Nothing, and I mean nothing is more ferocious and deadly than a fire inside a building. Yes, we’re all familiar with the bonfire in November … it’s fun and something we all look forward to … but set that fire in a room and as the video graphically illustrates … it’s catastrophic.
With temperatures of hundreds of degrees nothing gets out alive.
You now only have about 3 minutes to get out of your home safely. That time has dramatically dropped over the years … it used to be 17 minutes.
The room in the video is a typical with newer, synthetic furniture made from chemicals like polyurethane and hydro-carbons.
Firefighters and other safety experts lit it with a match.
In just a hundred and twenty seconds, flames raged, engulfing the soft furnishings in what firefighters call a “flashover.”
The products now-a-days are all synthetic, they are hydrocarbons, a solid form of gasoline if you will. They will ignite quicker, they give off different gasses. Besides carbon monoxide, they give off cyanide gases, all those which are toxic to humans.
And it’s not just furniture causing faster fires. Research has shown that the modern construction of home can put you at a higher risk.
Lightweight, affordable construction uses laminated beams and trusses and under normal circumstances these are great, but in fire they collapse much sooner than conventional wood.
What happens with solid wood is it begins to burn from the outside in, so the outside may char but the interior of it the structural integrity is there so it tends to fail slowly. Modern materials burn hotter, faster, and when they fail, they fail almost instantaneously.
In north suburb, a family is rebuilding their home. A toaster fire stuck in the ‘on’ position started the blaze.
“The smell that was in the house wasn’t a campfire smell; it was a chemical plastic smell. Things were sticky” says a volunteer firefighter.
There are a number of different types of alarm. FireBuddy urge you to fit Ten Year Photoelectric alarms.
Firefighters also advise you keep doors closed as much as possible in your home. That will keep a fire from spreading quickly from room to room.
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