There are four misconceptions about home fires.
IT WON'T HAPPEN TO ME
No one thinks they might have a fire. They always think that it will happen to somebody else. Somebody who smokes, people with low income, people with kids, elderly. They always say, “it will never happen to me.”
Yet a house fire occurs in Australia every 24 minutes to an individual or family that never imagined it could happen
THERE IS PLENTY OF TIME TO ESCAPE
According to Underwriters Laboratories, homes burn 8x faster today than the homes we grew up in. That is because our furniture is synthetic, our floors are synthetic, and our curtains are synthetic. Just about everything in our home burns faster and hotter. Our wood isn’t even natural; it’s manufactured with wood chips and glue! Also, our appliances and electronics are built to fail.
In reality, anyone can have a fire and far less time to escape than people imagine.
WE ARE PREPARED
Most home fire deaths happen when people are sleeping. Is your family prepared for a fire while you are asleep?
Have you practised a fire drill with your family?
Do you have a meeting spot outside the house?
OUR ALARMS WILL ALWAYS GO OFF IN TIME
The most common type of smoke detectors have unacceptable rates of failure. Experts found as much as 30 minutes between the activation of different types of technology found in smoke alarms.
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