Thanksgiving cooking fire safety demonstration

Crucial safety tips to get out of danger in the event of a cooking fire.
2:58 | 11/25/21

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We're back now with a GMA safety alert with Thanksgiving being the peak day for home cooking fires. We'll revisit Matt Gutman demonstration in the flames of a house fire, showing us how to get out of danger. With cooking fires peaking around the holidays experts warn do not try to fight a fire yourself. Get out and then call 911. Here at the Delaware County Emergency Training Center, Underwriters Laboratories built us this model home. And under the supervision of the Philadelphia Fire Department, we're going to light it up to teach you how to get your family out safely. Everything in this room is synthetic. That means that it's made out of oil. These sofas, the carpet, all of that burns. Now 30, 40 years ago, everything here might have been naturally made. Now, it is going to be much more flammable. Back in the day, you had about 17 minutes to get out of the house. Now you have only 3 minutes, which is why it's so important to get out fast. Working smoke alarms are critical to giving you those precious moments. Don't worry about the pictures on the walls. Don't worry about your keys or your wallet. Get out of the house. Then call 911. The room quickly erupts. It's cooking right through that couch. We're going to move back. And with the safety of my respirator. I stay inside to demonstrate just how dangerous it can be if you wait too long to leave. 400 degrees and the air is obviously unbelievable. Just a few breaths without a mask would knock me unconscious. That's why in a situation like this, you're going to want to stay low and go. The lower you are, the cooler it is and the cleaner the air is. So I'm going to be walking out of here on my knees. I make my way outside and enter back in through a door specifically designed for this demonstration, all to show you how sleeping with your bedroom door closed could give you potentially life saving minutes if a fire breaks out in the middle of the night. Now the majority of deaths in house fires occur in the middle of the night. You might be sleeping. You wake up. You notice something is wrong. First thing to do, touch the door. Is it hot? Is the handle hot? If it is, do not-- do not open this door. Keep it closed. It's your fire shield. It's going to keep you safe. Outside this door, it's 1,000 degrees. Don't open that door. If you're trapped, call 9-1-1. They're about to put this fire out. Once the fire's out, our expert Steve Kerber shows us why it's so important to close before you doze. This bedroom had the door left open. You got soot all over the ceiling, the pictures are melted. And our room, with the door closed-- Wow, you can see how it buckled outwards, right? Absolutely. You can see here the big difference between burned up in the hallway, pristine in the bedroom. Incredible. One survivable. The other, experts say, may not be. For Good Morning America, Matt Gutman, ABC News, Sharyn Hill, Pennsylvania.

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