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Fire 101: What is Fire?
- Fire spreads Fast!
When a fire occurs, there is little time to escape. A fire can spread by doubling its size in seconds. In less then 30 seconds, a fire can rage out of control, filling the area with heat and toxic thick smoke. Remember, when a fire is discovered, you need to get out quick.
- Fire is Dark!
The thick black smoke that is given off from a fire can make it blinding to see where you are going. It will be extremely difficult to see. By crawling low, it may help you to see a little better, as well as; breathe some of the cooled air. It is important to remember, if the smoke is too thick in the hallway to escape, you may need to shelter-in-place. Also by closing the door, it can help reduce the spread of smoke and fire.
- Fire is Deadly!
Most people who die in fires die from the toxic gases, thick black smoke, and lack of oxygen. In a fire, breathing even small amounts of these toxic elements can disorient someone, causing them to pass out.