LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – October 9 is Fire Prevention Day, and each year the week of is Fire Prevention Week.
It’s in honor of the Great Chicago Fire that started Oct. 8, 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.
A number of hazards can start fires, but the top causes at home start in the kitchen.
According to a study by the National Fire Prevention Association, homes with electric ranges have a higher risk of fire than those with gas. But, leaving your food unattended is the leading cause of these fires.
It takes just minutes for fires to spread out of control.
In 2009, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute put out a video comparing how fast a fire can take over a home. The agency has recreated that video to incorporate some new data.
The rooms are identical except the left has furniture made with natural materials; the right with synthetic. The synthetic room reaches the flashover point in just four minutes. But it takes the natural room almost 30!
Some ways to safeguard against these disasters, close the bedroom door at night when sleeping and make sure the home is equipped throughout with working smoke alarms, and practice an escape plan.
Kentucky is in wildfire hazard season right now through December. Outside burning is prohibited between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of woodland, fields, or other flammable materials.