How Fast can a Fire Destroy Your Home in Mesa Arizona?
How Fast Can a Fire Destroy Your Home?
Have you driven past a burnt down building and thought to yourself, “I hope that never happens to me.” Fire Damage can happen in the blink of an eye. You can see how quickly a fire can consume a home in the following video titled “How Fast Does a Fire Spread”. In the video, the Department of Commerce created a scenario in which a dried out pine tree is set on fire to examine the length of time it takes for the fire to grow throughout the home. Since the holidays are one of the most likely times a fire will start in your home, the pine tree (Christmas Tree) was a good choice for this demonstration.
Statistics show that around 40 years ago you would have around 17 minutes to get out of a house once it started burning. Now, you would have around 3 to 4 minutes to escape a house fire once it starts. That is a huge difference and it is essential that you have a plan set out ahead of time to react to a house fire quickly.
In the demonstration in the video, within 20 seconds, the sofa next to the tree is set on fire. Within 35 seconds, the room becomes so full of smoke that it becomes almost impossible to see the damage being caused. When seeing the damage from this perspective, it is clear that an entire home can be destroyed within minutes. As a result, here are a few helpful hints to consider to keep your home and family safe to prevent the need for fire damage restoration.
Fire Safety Tips
- Smoke alarms should be installed in every room on every floor of your home. Bedrooms and other sleeping areas should be prioritized..
- You should test your smoke alarms on a monthly basis and new batteries should be installed yearly.
- Establish a fire escape plan and rehearse it with your family. Or consider creating an ERP for your business (more info on our blog )
- Be prepared to evacuate in the event of an emergency.
SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is Uniquely Prepared and Ready to Restore Your Fire Damaged Property
Our technicians have over a decade of fire damage restoration experience. We have a volunteer firefighter on staff as well who has been trained specifically to deal with all aspects of fire losses from priority response to supporting families and business owners in dealing with the aftermath of a fire.
You can check out our fire damage tips here (fire damage tips) to see more tips you can use to prepare for and deal with a house fire. Our crews work hard to perform fire restoration after a building fire, however, The Mesa Arizona Fire Department works harder to keep our community safe 24/7, 365. Thank you to our local firefighters for all that they do!
If you are dealing with a home or business property fire call us immediately so we can help you the way we have helped several other families and businesses in the Mesa Arizona area. We are here for you! Even if you just have questions, please reach out to us. You can call our 24/7 office line at (480) 553-7103. You will talk with someone on staff directly, we don’t use an answering service.