Newer Homes are a Larger Fire Hazard than homes of yesteryear.
According to a new study done by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) a fire in a modern home is unfortunately a perfect storm for the fire.
Since newer homes tend to be larger, with more open layouts, and have newer construction materials, these fires tend to burn more quickly leaving less time for families to escape. Approximately 30 years ago families had about 17 minutes to escape and evacuate the home. How long does it take today you may ask? Just 3 or 4 Minutes.
There are a few things you can do in the immediate future that can help keep you safe no matter where you live. Make sure smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are in great working order. Create and review a unique escape plan for your specific home. Go over a few different strategies in case a fire emerges from your main escape route. And lastly place fire extinguishers on every level of your home including your garage.
To figure out the best methods of fire prevention, check out these tips from the American Red Cross.