Newer homes and furniture burn faster

Newer homes and furniture burn faster, giving you less time to escape a fire.


Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today it’s down to less than 3 minutes (mobile homes only 90 seconds). The reason: newer homes and the furniture inside them actually burn faster. A lot faster!


We think advancements have been made in fire-retardant materials, but in fact our “disposable” lifestyle of plastics, synthetic fibers, and glue-pressed particle board make fires burn HOT and FAST. Also, modern open floor plans provide oxygen and don’t provide wall barriers to keep the fire from spreading quickly. Natural wood building materials and furnishings used decades ago have been replaced by inexpensive materials that burn quickly.




  • Install interconnected smoke detectors in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Closing doors while you sleep can provide you a couple extra critical seconds to escape.
  • Keep at least 2 exits clear in each room.
  • Make sure your address numbers are visible from the street at night for emergency crews to find you.
  • Practice your evacuation plan with your family, so every member knows your meeting place in case of an emergency.


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