5 Little Known Facts About Fire
In the damage restoration business, it is important to have an understanding about fire and fire damage. The devastation caused by this element is among the worst imaginable, so every bit of knowledge is important. Here are some facts about fire:
1) Cigarette smoking causes more civilian fire deaths than arson, heating equipment, and electrical short circuits.
People often worry about their space heaters tipping over, electrical appliances backfiring, and deranged arsonists burning down their homes, but few take the time to wonder if the habit that is dangerous to their own bodies could also be harmful to their homes. Falling asleep while smoking, knocking over an ashtray, and flicking cigarette butts out the window can also be deadly.
2) Firefighters are required to be overly cautious when securing a scene.
If you have ever been stuck in traffic due to a collision, only to see that it was actually a minor fender bender, you have probably felt a deep frustration. But recent federal mandates require that firemen and policemen do everything in their powers to prevent escalation. With cars, a gasoline spill could easily cause further damage to pedestrians and other vehicles. This means blocking off more lanes for an extended period of time.
3) Fire hydrants are painted different colors to inform firefighters of their flow rate.
Red fire hydrants have a flow rate under 500 gallons per minute, yellow signifies 500-999 gallons/minute, green means between 1000 and 1499 gallons/minute, and blue is over 1500 gallons/minute.
4) Wood, paper and gasoline don’t burn.
The gasses they emit burn.
5) A house catches fire every 45 seconds in the United States.
This means that anybody is at risk. You can reduce the chance of fire damage by turning off unused appliances, closely monitoring foods cooking in the kitchen, and smoking outdoors.
Hopefully these were amusing, if not informative. If you do experience a fire to your home, business, or residence, make sure to contact ServiceMaster Recovery by C2C Restoration at 877-468-3566 for a speedy restoration.