BALLINGER, Texas — We were asked to verify if the time it takes to escape a house fire is the same as it was 30 years ago, after viewers saw it on social media.
Brent Allen, City of Ballinger assistant fire chief, said the social media post is accurate.
"Now-a-days, we have so much stuff that is made with petroleum it's about three to five minutes, if you’re lucky if you hear your smoke detector," Allen said.
Allen said it has to do with production value. Homes built more than 30 years ago were built differently and with different materials than many of the homes we see today.
"In the 60s and 70s, it was more natural stuff, cotton fabrics and real wood, not false wood so back then you had a little bit more time,” Allen said.
We can verify it’s true that today someone only has three-four minutes to escape a house fire, compared to 17 minutes before. Allen said you can still get to safety if you find yourself in a fire danger just be sure you have two ways out of your home.
“You have two ways out you’ve always had two ways out you either have your doorway and then through the window,” Allen said.
Allen said to say make sure you are always checking your fire detectors and have a plan already in place in case of a fire.