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Fire Safety: Basic Facts

Each year, more than 20,000 people are injured and 3,500 people die in fires. Some of these injuries could have been prevented and lives saved if people had known some simple facts about the dangers and characteristics of fire. Important information to know includes:

Fire spreads quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a major fire, completely out of your control. In minutes, an entire home or building can be completely filled with thick black smoke and engulfed in flames. If you ever find yourself in a fire, you do not have time to search for your valuables; you only have time to escape.

It is dark inside of a burning structure. During a fire, the brightness of flames is quickly taken over by thick black smoke and rooms are covered in complete darkness. People caught in fires may be disoriented and unable to find their way out of the room or building.

Heat is more dangerous than flames. During a fire, eye-level temperatures can reach 600 degrees. In this heat, clothes can melt to your skin and air can scorch your lungs. After five minutes of burning, a room can get so hot that everything inside ignites at the same time.

Smoke and gases are more deadly than flames. Fire produce toxic gases and use up available oxygen as fuel. Even breathing just small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can cause a person to become disoriented, short of breath, or drowsy. If a person is sleeping, toxic fumes can cause them to fall into a deeper sleep and keep them from waking up in time to escape.

By understanding the dangers of fires, people can be more prepared to quickly and safely evacuate in the event of a fire.

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For all of your fire safety needs, contact the Austin fire safety experts at Ace Fire Equipment by calling 512-835-2020.