It’s estimated that seven people are killed every day in America in house fires. For that very reason agencies such as New York’s Syracuse Fire Department have installed 40,000 smoke detectors in the homes of local residents since 2001, for free.
Nationwide, families are encouraged to have their own fire safety pan. With the help of the Syracuse Fire Department, we tested the fire plan of the Decampo family in Syracuse, which it put together after a neighbor’s house burned down over the summer.
So with the parents’ permission, we put infrared cameras in the kids’ bedroom and the hallway, and waited for them to fall asleep. Then, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Elderbroom filled the room with harmless theatrical smoke while we sat downstairs and watched what happened.
Lila never wakes up. Her mother eventually has to go get her. In a real fire authorities told us this bedroom could have gone up in flames in 45 seconds. Because of all the synthetics in modern homes, there’s plenty of fuel for fires that double in size every minute.
There is good news, studies have shown children as young as 3, with practice, can master a family fire safety plan.