Virgnia Beach Fire Department to Hold Live-Burn Demonstration

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How much time do you have to get out of a burning house? 10 minutes? 8 minutes? How about 5 minutes? Actually, experts say you have less than 3 minutes to escape a burning house alive. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Virginia Beach Fire Department will demonstrate just how quickly a home can go up in flames when we actually set a real house on fire.  

The reason fires can spread so quickly in a home today (compared to 10 years ago) is that the furnishings in today's home are mostly made from synthetic materials. In fact, many furnishings, pillows, floor coverings, etc., are made from petroleum-based products.  

On average, seven people die in house fires across this country every day. In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 365,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,560 deaths, 11,075 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage. 

Many of these deaths and injuries might have been prevented if people had an escape plan in place for their homes and practiced getting out quickly and efficiently.  That's why the theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out." 

The VBFD invites you to witness a dramatic demonstration at 2285 Landstown Road.  At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, we will conduct a live burn of an abandoned residence, inside a furnished room.  The media is encouraged to arrive by 8:30 a.m. as the demonstration will begin promptly.  The head of our Fire Training Center, Battalion Chief Michael Brashear, will be available with tips on how to escape a burning home and what your family needs to do to be prepared.  Please contact Art Kohn at the information listed above by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 to reserve your place at the demonstration.​