Safety 101: How To Control a House Fire


Safety 101: How To Control a House Fire

I’m Ed Smith, a Brentwood Wrongful Death Lawyer. House fires are much more common than you may think, and they are certainly no joke. If you ever accidentally catch something on fire, you know that it takes just a few minutes for a fire to become life-threatening. If it is an emergency situation, the best thing you can do is call 911 and alert the professionals who handle these threats for a living. However, in regards to house fires, you still have an opportunity to act fast and make quick decisions that may change the outcome of the situation – you may even save a life or two!

Information About Fires

  • Fires burn fast: It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to transform into a serious fire. Additionally, it takes less than five minutes for an entire house to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fires create dangerous heat: The heat of a fire is the most threatening element. Starting from the ground up, room temperatures during a fire can begin at 100 degrees and rise to an intense 600 degrees at face level.
  • Fires produce complete darkness: Initially, the light of flames make fire appear bright. However, big flames quickly lead to an excess of black smoke and darkness.
  • Fires are lethal: Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveal that inhaling the noxious gases and smoke causes more deaths than the flames themselves. The primary cause of fire-related deaths is Asphyxiation, beating out burns by a 3-1 ration.

Putting Out a Small House Fire

Different types of fires require different methods to control the situation and prevent burn injuries. Here are some important distinctions:

  •  Electrical fires – Whatever you do, do NOT use water! Turn off the power of whatever started the fire, and quickly smother it with a clean, nonflammable blanket. Another suggestion is to use a Type C fire extinguisher.
  • Gas fires – Quickly shut off the gas supply. Smother the fire with the thickest rug you have, and then put out the fire with a Type B extinguisher, or cold water.
  • Cooking fires – According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), these are the most common cause of residential fires. If a grease fire spreads in your kitchen, do not use water in attempt to put it out. Firstly, turn off the source of heat and cover the pan with a metal lid. If you are unable to do this, the next best option is smothering the flames with a ton of baking soda. A Type A:B:C fire extinguisher will also be suitable.

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