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Debunking Myths about House Fires

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Audrey Simmons

Fire and smoke damage on the outside of a home.

Myth: Newer homes are less prone to fires than older homes.


Fact: Aside from outdated electrical wiring commonly found in older homes, your older home may actually be in better shape compared to a newer home when it comes to house fires. The use of lightweight wood, engineered lumber, and synthetic made home furnishings commonly used in newer homes will increase the fuel load and burn more easily than those found in older homes. Find out more detailed information regarding how and why this happens here.


Myth: Pets can sense danger and escape a house fire.


Fact: Pets are extremely vulnerable in a house fire. Not only are they unable to open doors and windows to escape; but smoke will damage their lungs at a much faster rate than ours, leaving them immobile. Learn more about keeping your pets safe when disaster strikes here.


Myth: A smoke alarm provides sufficient protection against house fires.


Fact: Smoke alarms are extremely important in that they alert occupants of danger, although they do not help in extinguishing a fire. On the other hand, a home fire sprinkler system will actively reduce heat, smoke, and flames, giving the occupants a greater chance of exiting the home safely. Refresh your knowledge of smoke alarms here.


Myth: Fire spreads slowly. Often, it will not spread beyond the room in which it started.


Fact: A small flame from a candle can become completely out of control in less than thirty seconds. It is also important to keep in mind that heat, smoke, and toxic gases pose a greater danger to you and a much higher risk of death than flames do. Watch how fast fire can spread here.


Myth: A house fire won’t happen to me.


Fact: Statistics show that one in four people will experience a house fire resulting in property damage, injury, or death. In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States, costing $11.5 billion in property damage. For more statistics, please visit the National Fire Protection Association here.


Myth: In the event of a house fire, the sprinkler system will activate throughout the entire house and damage everything.


Fact: The sprinkler closest to the fire is the only one to activate. As long as the fire does not spread to other parts of your home, the other sprinklers will not go off. In the unfortunate event of a house fire, you will have a much greater chance of salvaging your belongings and your home with a working sprinkler system than without one. Read more about the benefits of home fire sprinkler systems here.

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