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Fast Fire Facts from the US Fire Administration
There is little time!
In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
Fire is hot!
Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire’s heat alone can kill. 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. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.
Fire is Dark!
Fire isn’t bright, it’s pitch black. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you’ve lived in for years.
Fire is Deadly
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.
Be Tornado Ready!
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado, a tornado warning means one has been spotted or picked up on radar.
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Severe Weather Alerts
A NOAA weather radio is a great tool to have in the event of severe weather but many people prefer to rely on smart phones. For a list of weather apps click here. Never rely on tornado sirens indoors, they are meant to alert those outdoors.
You may also sign up for TuscALERT, which sends text, emails, or calls for emergency alerts in Tuscaloosa county.