Home Fires LINK
In just two minutes a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can, be engulfed in flames.
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Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a 3-to-1 ratio.
Before a Fire
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:
Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened.
Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
Replace batteries twice a year, unless you are using 10-year lithium batteries.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.
For more information visit https://www.ready.gov/home-fires
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Links
Prepare for a Wildland fire (2.52MB .PDF)
Other FEMA Resources
Wildland Fire Information & Prevention
Cal Fire - Wildfire Preparedness: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
Camp Pendleton Preparedness Articles & Information:
Pendleton Fire Department Looks Ahead to 2021 Fire Season
Camp Pendleton Fire Season Reminder
Evacuation Plans and Emergency Preparedness Kits
Fire Prevention Measures and Reinforcing Notification Procedures
Base-wide evacuation procedures and pre-evacuation tips
Camp Pendleton and off-base assets remain ready to fight wildland fires