The effects of a fire in real life are more drastic than what is shown on TV and in movies.
- Fires in homes give off thick, black smoke that makes it almost impossible to see. Even though you are in your own home, you can become disoriented and go the wrong way – perhaps towards the fire!
- In a fire, the smoke will kill you long before the flames get close. Smoke contains poisonous gases that deaden your senses and prevent you from waking up.
- Most fires happen at night when people are asleep. Without smoke alarms, you have little chance of getting out alive.
- Fires give off intense heat, up to 2,000 degrees Celsius at ceiling level. These temperatures can cause severe burns and make you lose consciousness.
- A fire can spread extremely quickly, engulfing a home in a matter of minutes. Smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan will provide time for you to get out safely.
Find out more about fire and life safety
Vancouver Fire Rescue Services teach fire and life safety courses where you can learn valuable life and safety skills, and gain hands on fire extinguishing experience. Register yourself, or arrange for us to teach your group to prevent fires in your home, business, school, and other private and public places.
Fire safety plan
Your fire safety plan should include these three home fire protection, prevention, and safety components.
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