In the event of a house fire, residents have only one option: Get out, and get out quickly. That was the conclusion of a 2016 study conducted by Underwriters Laboratories in Chicago, which determined that occupants have only three or four minutes to escape a burning house. This is a marked decrease from 30 years ago, when you may have had about 17 minutes to escape from a similar fire.
The report posted at Today.com attributed the difference to the fact that more synthetic materials are being used in today's furniture and fabrics. "The backing of your carpet is synthetic, your drapes are synthetic, the couch, the pillows are synthetic," explained John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for UL. "They burn hotter and faster than natural materials do."
On the other hand, how do fires start?