Knowing the truth about residential fires can save your life. We know that there’s a lot of information on the Internet, some of which is highly inaccurate. Having a fire safety plan is crucial if you’re a homeowner. If a fire emergency were to break out, then you need to know what to do. If you don’t, then we’re here to help and debunk some myths. In this blog, we’re going to debunk some common residential fire safety myths. Keep reading!
Flames are the Leading Cause of Casualties
Smoke is what debilitates people, or even worse. In no more than 5 minutes, smoke can fill a house and inhibit your visibility. Smoke can make your entire home dark, even during the daytime. Thick smoke is full of toxic by-products such as carbon monoxide and fumes from furnishing materials. These damaging by-products will cause you to choke, cause disorientation, or worse, leave you unconscious.
You Should Take Five Minutes to Evacuate Your Home
Once a fire happens, get out right away. A small flame can turn into an even larger flame within 30 seconds. A house fire can double in size relatively quickly. It only happens within a minute. Thinking that you have a lot of time to leave your home is a risk that you don’t want to take.
The Smell of Smoke Will Alert You Instantly
Some fires happen overnight while people are asleep and unaware. Smoke rarely wakes people up, and if it does, by this time, it will be harder to escape. That’s why smoke alarms are vital. You need one on each floor of your home, and you should always regularly inspect them.
You Should Go Back to Save Someone
Once you’re out of the house, stay out. Even if firefighters haven’t arrived, going back into a burning home could lead to fatality. This scary reality is the reason that everyone in your home should have a fire safety plan mastered. Make sure that everyone, especially children and elders, knows how to save themselves.
More People Die in Non-Residential Fires
In 2018, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that 80% of fire-related deaths happen in the home. Don’t let you or your loved ones become a part of this statistic. We can help you prepare for an emergency by performing routine maintenance on your fire equipment and helping you create a fire safety plan.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.