Restoration Local Offers Tips On The Dangers of Flash Fires

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Flash fires can spring up unexpectedly and cause damage and injury. A water and fire restoration provider explains the phenomena and how it should be handled.

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A flash fire is defined as a rapidly moving front of flame that may be caused by a combustion explosion

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water and fire restoration services in the US, is offering tips to property owners on the dangers associated with flash fires. Any sort of fire can be dangerous unless properly contained, but flash fires are especially hazardous due to their unpredictable and spontaneous nature.

A flash fire is defined as a rapidly moving front of flame that may be caused by a combustion explosion, and may occur in an environment where fuel and air are mixed in sufficient concentrations to trigger combustion. Flash fires are large but relatively short in duration, usually less than three seconds.

Flash fires can occur in areas where flammable materials such as fuel or dust become mixed with air, making them prime candidates for ignition. Flash fires spread at a subsonic velocity, which means that overpressure damage is minor and most of the structural damage comes from thermal radiation and secondary fires. If inhaled, the heat from a flash fire can cause major damage to the lungs, resulting in death by asphyxiation. Smoke burns are also possible.

Flash fires may be especially dangerous in enclosed places, since they rapidly eat up the oxygen present and may cause death through smoke inhalation.

Surgical flash fires are also possible in operating room environments where electrical instruments and lasers are operated in oxygen rich environments. Surgical flash fires have led to burn injuries and even fatalities.

Flash fires cause the same type of damage as traditional blazes, with surfaces and individual items being scorched and charred, in some cases beyond repair. Smoke damage can also be a serious threat, and any smoldering embers may give way to toxic fumes as a result.
Properties damaged by flash fires should be properly treated by a qualified water and fire damage restoration professional.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of fire and water restoration in the country with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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