Every second counts: Fire prevention week

Fire department shows how fast a house fire can spread

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- It's Fire Prevention Week, and firefighters across Hampton Roads are reminding people of some simple safety ideas because every second counts.

As a part of a demonstration in Virginia Beach, fire crews set a home on fire to show how quickly fire can spread.

Battalion Chief Michael Brashear said fires "burn much hotter and faster than they did maybe 20, 30 years ago." He said that's due to many furnishing being made out of synthetics and plastics. 

He also discussed the importance of keeping doors shut.

"If doors are closed, that slows the spread of heat and fire and smoke within the structure," he said. "You want to feel that door first with the back of your hand, and if you feel heat, you don't want to open it. That's when you want to use your second way to get out, which is typically gonna be a window."

On average from 2011 to 2015, seven people a day died from house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fire Departments across the US are reminding people to plan two ways to get out of each room and a path from each exit.

"You never know where fire might occur. Fire could occur upstairs, in your bedroom, in your hallway and that egress is blocked, so now the only way out is the window," said Maurice Wilson, Hampton Assistant Fire Chief.

Families can map out their escape plans and practice it.

"Muscle memory will kick in, and you will automatically know where to go and everybody will be accounted for," said Wilson. Kids also need to know how to get out if adults can't help them.

And with cooking fires on the rise, fire departments want people to be mindful of their kitchen habits.

Wilson says don't reuse grease. "Every time you reuse that grease, the flashing point changes."

If a cooking fire breaks out, Wilson says put a lid on the the pan. If you have to leave your home, get out and stay out.

© 2017 WVEC-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment