Safe Family: Fires and your family

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Every second counts when fire strikes-- especially if your family is involved. Every eighty seconds, a home in the United States catches fire, and in those critical first moments, every second matters because those fires can spread quickly.

You may have less than six minutes to get everyone out safe and sound.

"It’s just a matter of seconds before it ignites everything else in the room," says Tomi Rucker, who’s a mom, firefighter, and arson investigator.

Bedrooms are the second most common location in your home for fire after, of course, the kitchen.

About 20,000 fires are attributed to mattresses and bedding, killing nearly 400 people a year. Most of them are caused by kids playing with matches or lighters.

Now there's a new federal standard by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to reduce the severity of mattress fires, requiring mattress sets to be more flame retardant. It goes into effect July 1st.

Manufacturers are stepping up with new products like the fire defender sleep system.

Don Hofmann of the Louisville Bedding Company says, "It’s a soft foundation and mattress cover... blend of naturally flame resistant fibers... Valuable level of protection, giving you more time to get out of the house with your family."

The commission estimates about 300 lives a year will be saved because of this new regulation, helping families sleep better knowing they could be safer in case of a fire.

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