A new video series from the Fire Safety Research Institute shows the dangers of smoke, how quickly a house fire spreads and urges the public to plan ahead

The IRSF releases a series of videos and the results of the annual fire safety survey for Fire Prevention Month to help
increase knowledge of fire risks in the home and encourage safe behaviors in the event of a fire

COLUMBIA, MD., October 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For Fire Prevention Month in October, the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), part of the non-profit safety science organization UL Research Institutes, releases new videos combining more than 10 years of data with custom 3D modeling and real-life footage from the large-scale fire experiments of the organization. The first video in the series shows how a home fire develops and spreads, highlights the dangers of smoke, and encourages everyone to have and practice a fire escape plan, including what to do. must be done if they cannot escape.

The FSRI’s annual consumer fire safety survey found that one in three Americans (32%) do not have a fire escape plan for their home. Of those who have a fire escape plan, 21% say they have never reviewed or practiced it. Respondents who don’t have a fire escape plan most often say it’s because they just never thought about it (51%).

“Firefighters respond to a fire every 23 seconds in the United States and the number of home fire deaths is rising,” said Steve Kerber, Vice President and Executive Director of FSRI. “In just three minutes or less, a room can be over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and filled with deadly levels of toxic gas from smoke. Knowing your escape route and having multiple escape routes can mean the difference between Life and death.”

The next videos in the series show the growth and spread of fires in different types of houses, ranging from a high-rise apartment to a two-story single-family home – to help people better understand the fire risks posed by smoke and flames in different scenarios, and the importance of planning ahead to save lives in the event of a home fire. No matter what type of home you live in, an ideal fire escape plan includes plan A, B, and C with two ways out of each room and options for when you can’t escape. If emergency exits A and B are blocked, plan C is to get behind a closed door, turn on the light, and dial 911. A closed door can be an effective barrier against lethal levels of carbon monoxide, of smoke and flames. In fact, there can be a temperature difference of 900 degrees Fahrenheit between a room with an open door and another with a closed door. While a room with an open door can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, a room with a closed door can only reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch a video demonstration of the difference a closed door can make here. Escape Plans A, B and C should be practiced by all members of the household.

“Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death in home fires,” Kerber continued. “Smoke from a house fire is thick and black, incredibly hot and filled with toxic chemicals. It travels extremely quickly. Smoke from a fire in a living room can fill a house or a two-story apartment and anywhere it is not blocked by a closed door in a few minutes.”

Having working smoke alarms is essential. Smoke alarms give early warning of a fire, so people can get out of their homes quickly and safely. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside every bedroom, and on every floor of the house, including the basement.

Other highlights of the fire safety survey include:

  • Despite the fact that half of Americans think it’s safer to sleep with their door on firm in case of fire (50%), an equal amount indicate that they still sleep with their door open at least some of the time (50%). Everyone should Close before dozing®.
  • 41% of Americans think they not have enough time to gather what’s important to them and get out of their house safely in the event of a fire, a significant increase from 2021 (31%) and 2020 (30%)
  • Gen Z and Millennials are less likely to think smoke inhalation is the most common cause of death in a home fire, with just 53% choosing this answer (compared to 71% of their older counterparts).

The new series of videos are released throughout the month. These and other fire safety resources, including a handy guide to creating your own fire escape plan, are available at Closeyourreport.org.

About the survey
This survey included 3,001 people aged 18 and over in the United States. This sample was supplemented by 1,000 additional low-income respondents. The survey was conducted using the Qualtrics Insight platform and the panel was sourced from Lucid. Commissioning took place from July 25August 2, 2022.

About the Fire Safety Research Institute
The Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) strives to advance fire safety knowledge and strategies to create safer environments. Using advanced fire science, rigorous research, in-depth outreach and education in collaboration with an international network of partners, the organization equips stakeholders with knowledge, tools and resources that enable them to make better decisions. safer against fires that ultimately save lives and property. To learn more, visit fsri.org. Follow the Fire Safety Research Institute on Twitter, instagram, Facebookand LinkedIn.

About UL Research Institutes
UL Research Institutes is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to advancing UL’s public safety mission through scientific discovery and application. With best-in-class experts, we are the world’s leading scientific security research organization. We conduct rigorous independent research, analyze security data and explore at the cutting edge of technology to be the first to discover and act on emerging risks to human security. To learn more, visit ul.org.

SOURCE Fire Safety Research Institute