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A fire in a residential building will become life-threatening within 2-3 minutes. Inhalation of the hot gases generated by burning items such as furniture, textiles and household appliances will lead to unconsciousness and death within minutes.

You must get out of a burning building quickly because hot gases obstruct visibility and can make you disorientated even if you are in familiar surroundings.

The safest alternative is to crawl out because visibility is best near fl oor level.

Firefighters extinguishing a fire.

Published 2019-08-12 16:04 , updated 2020-09-01 10:45

  • Fire safety, 
  • Rescue services, 
  • Public safety