Fire Safety

Winter 1999 CSANews Issue 34  |  Posted date : Mar 04, 2007.Back to list

Smoke is like an anesthetic. Rather than awakening you, it will put you into a deeper sleep. Most fire deaths occur at night and are due to smoke inhalation, not fire. Typically, the victims are still in their beds, having never been aroused from their sleep. To wake up and survive a nighttime fire, you must have a working smoke detector!

Fact: Fire is black. Contrary to what you see in the movies, fires are not bright but extremely dark. The thick smoke created by the fire blocks out all light. You will be able to see more clearly along the floor, but you may still need to feel your way out.

Fact: Fire is unbelievably hot. Within a few minutes, a fire can generate temperatures of between 300 and 1200 degrees near the ceiling. One breath of this air can be fatal. However, even in these conditions, the temperature near the floor can still be lower than 100 degrees. This is why you must stay low and crawl out.

Thanks to the Austin Fire Department