Misunderstandings surrounding fire

Fire has a unique property in that it can give life and yet destroy it too. Fire has been an essential part of human life for thousands of years, but there are still so many myths and misunderstandings around this special element. How much do you understand about keeping you and others safe in the event of a building fire? Here are some common misconceptions about fire:

1: Older properties are more vulnerable to fire than newer ones

While it is true that older properties may have things like outdated cables and fire-less safety attributes, any property can be affected by fire, new or old. Newer properties tend to have more furniture that contain flammable synthetic materials.

2: Pets can get out of their own fire

Pets are as fragile as people in house fires, even worse because they cannot access closed doors and windows themselves. With much smaller lungs, smoke will also cause damage at a faster rate than humans, leaving the animal powerless.

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3: Only need a smoke alarm

Yes, smoke alarms are very important to warn people of fire but by itself, that is not enough. Combining a smoke alarm with a sprinkler system is more effective because the sprinkler will fight smoke, fire and heat. This gives people and animals a far better chance to escape the building and minimize damage until the fire service arrives. Ensure your home or business has up to date evacuation plans and fully functional fire safety equipment. For essential components for fire safety equipment, like a Brass Ball Valve, visit https://www.orseal.com/products/ball-valves/

4: The sprinkler system will be activated throughout the building and damage everything

Only the sprinkler closest to the fire source will be activated. Other sprinklers will only activate if the fire starts to spread. The fact is you have a far better chance of saving your property and buildings by installing an effective sprinkler system.

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5: Fire does not spread quickly

Don’t be fooled by this myth. A small flame can turn into a raging fire in a few seconds. It’s also not only fire that you need to worry about. Heat, toxic smoke, and smoke will harm and kill faster than a flame.

6: People always panic in fires

It is usually assumed by the public and fire protection professionals that people will panic and be irrational in the event of a fire. Interestingly, research has shown that people act quite rationally during bad events. Emergency procedures and evacuation advice should aim to provide good and efficient information, because the person who receives this at the initial stage of the fire will move safely and react appropriately. Research has shown that stress and panic reactions occur in response to a lack of information.