Department of Emergency Management and Security
What It Is
Over 4,000 Americans die each year and 25,000 are injured in fires. Fire can start fast - in less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It also spreads quickly, both vertically and across enclosed spaces. In five minutes a residence can be engulfed in flames. Moreover, even in areas without flames, smoke and heat can be lethal due to burns (exterior or to the throat and lungs), asphyxiation, disorientation, or simple panic.