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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

How Fast Fire Can Spread Through Your Home

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

A fire burns a house. Having a plan of action in case of an emergency can help keep you and your family safe.

We have all driven past a burnt-down building and thought to ourselves “I hope that never happens to me.” Sadly, substantial Fire Damage can happen in just a few minutes. In a video titled “How Fast Does a Fire Spread”, the Department of Commerce demonstrates just how quickly a fire can spread by igniting a dried-out pine tree.

In this case, within 20 seconds, the sofa immediately next to the tree is set on fire. Within 35 seconds, the room becomes so full of smoke that it becomes almost impossible to see the damage being caused. When seeing the damage from this perspective, it’s not farfetched to imagine an entire home being destroyed within minutes. As a result, here are a few helpful hints to consider for keeping your home and family safe to prevent the need for fire damage restoration.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, prioritizing bedrooms and other sleeping areas.
  • Test your smoke alarms on a monthly basis.
  • Establish a fire escape plan and rehearse it with your family. Be prepared to evacuate in the event of an emergency.

Our crews work hard to perform fire restoration services after a building fire, just as the Roanoke Rapids Fire Department works hard to keep our community safe 24/7, 365.

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