What Is The Common Cause In Fire Death?
The most common cause of death in fires is smoke inhalation. When a fire occurs, occupants can quickly be overcome by smoke and unable to reach nearby exits. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation rather than burns.
Why is it so difficult for people to escape a fire in their own home even though they know the layout well and it likely is small enough that multiple escape routes are close at hand? One reason cited is that the smoke may be so thick and dense that occupants are disoriented.
In order to burn, fire requires oxygen and consumes much of the available oxygen individuals need to breathe and remain conscious. This can happen so quickly that occupants are overcome and unable to reach easily accessible exits.
Notice that once oxygen levels drop to half the normal amount, movement toward exits becomes difficult or impossible.
Another problem is the synthetic materials used so commonly in home construction and furnishings today. When burning, they produce extremely dangerous substances that are released into the air. These toxic gases may replace the oxygen and be inhaled by victims struggling to find their way out of the burning structure.
Symptoms of smoke inhalation range from coughing and vomiting to nausea, sleepiness and confusion. If you notice a fire victim has difficulty breathing, singed nostril hair, and burns to their nose, mouth or face, seek immediate medical attention for them.
A fully-developed indoor fire can reach or exceed temperatures of 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. Even one breath of this very hot air can be lethal. Inhaling superheated gases can burn your respiratory tract whether or not the gases present are toxic.
Another causes of fires and fires deaths:
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. It is also the leading cause of fire injuries. Cooking fires often result from unattended cooking and human error, rather than mechanical failure of stoves or ovens.
- Heating equipment is a leading cause of residential fires and causing of fire deaths. However, heating fires are a larger problem in single family homes than in apartments. Unlike apartments, the heating systems in single family homes are often not professionally maintained.
- Electricity helps make our lives easier but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted.
- Careless smoking using materials such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars is one of the cause of fire deaths. Smoke detectors and smolder-resistant bedding and upholstered furniture are significant fire deterrents.
- Starting a candle when sleeping can start fires in home especially during night time.
Way to Saves Lives:
- A working smoke alarm dramatically increases a person’s chance of surviving a fire.
- Ensure that your smoke detectors are tested monthly and batteries are replaced twice a year. Change batteries when you change your clocks.
- Residential sprinklers have become more cost effective for homes. Currently, few homes are protected by them.
- It’s a good idea to keep fire extinguishers near the furnace, garage, and anywhere else a fire may start. These extinguishers are affordable, life-saving equipment for your home.
- Smoking is dangerous! No one should ever smoke in bed. Make sure that cigarettes/cigars are extinguished properly before dumping ashes.
- Keep appliances unplugged when not in use.
- When planning for a family with young children, be sure to teach them not to hide from fire or smoke and to go to firefighters who are there to help them.
- All children should be familiar with the ideas of “crawling underneath the smoke” to escape a fire. “Stop, drop and roll” is another safety principle that must be ingrained into children’s minds.
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