When Does a Fire Reach Flashover?

When Does a Fire Reach Flashover?

The start of October begins Fire Prevention Month. At USA Fire Protection, safety is our number one priority. In order to keep you safe from fire, it is important to recognize the probable timeline of a house fire, and flashover. Today’s homes are made with highly flammable synthetic materials. These materials burn faster than traditional wood or cotton. Therefore, the materials may totally combust in 4-6 minutes.

Flashover is the moment when the temperature gets so hot in the home that objects reach their autoignition temperature, emit flammable gasses, and instantly combust. Flashover can occur 3-4 minutes from when the fire began. Without the use of sprinklers and fire alarms, the chance of escaping decreases significantly. Sprinklers significantly increase chance of suppressing the fire and escaping when compared to only having fire alarms. Fortunately, sprinklers and fire alarms suppress and control flames and smoke. This increases the likelihood of escaping the house in time and saving the property.

The thought of flashover can evoke a lot of fear in many home owners. The team at USA Fire Protection can test and Install sprinkler systems and alarms in your residential property. To learn more about our residential department visit the residential page here or call USA Fire Protection at 847-816-0050.