Lifesaving demonstration to safely escape a house fire

ABC News' Matt Gutman suits up in protective gear and demonstrates what to do to raise chances of getting out of a burning house alive.
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We are back now with our series live on "Gma" where we demonstrate what to do in real life emergencies. Matt Gutman last showed us how to survive a flash flood. You see it right there. Today he tackles home fires. Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires and matting standing by to show us how to handle them. Reporter: This is peak season for firefighters, that time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year's. We're here with the folks from ul. They're the people who set the standards for smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and built this very nice house for us that's got everything in it. It's basically like any other house that you or I would live in. We're going to open it up and go you can see that it's got carpeting in here. I want you to notice this door is open. That's going to be important, and the door behind me is closed. Two-bedroom house and behind us is a living room, typical of what you might see in the holiday season. You have a Christmas tree here, television, candles and these couches, I want you to notice those couches. In just a minute we're going to light this on fire but I want to let everyone at home know we're here with ul fire safety experts, the fire department. This is a live demonstration in a controlled area. Steve, light it up. Now, what's important to know is that this can happen in any home. We're going to set this fire right now. Everything you see here is synthetic and I'll show you why in just one second. Now, as I kneel down and get prepared with my gear you're going to watch this video about why fire prevention is so important. Our priority is going to be removal of victims. Reporter: Heart-stopping rescues. Watch as fire teams in Fresno rip this person from a raging inferno. This is the time when home fires are at the R their worst. First responders in Georgia saving a child that had to be thrown from a third story balcony. Fire departments responding to more than a million fires in 2018 resulting in 3500 deaths. With cooking fires peaking around the holidays, experts warn do not try to fight a fire yourself. Get out and then call 911. Hey guys, so I'm still getting my gear on, you see me getting my gloves on. Now, why is this important? Hold on, I have Steve helping me out making sure everything is You can see that fire burning buttoned up. behind me. Everything in this room is synthetic. That means that it's made out of oil. That couch, 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. 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. Now, one of the things that you're going to see happening, you're going to see me shaking like this. That's because I have a censor on my back that firefighters have to be sure they're safe. That fire is cooking behind us. One of the things that's so important in a house like this is smoke detectors, right? These smoke alarms are critical. I know that chirp is so You got to change that battery. annoying. Make sure that it's always got fresh batteries. The majority, folks, the majority of deaths in house fires are caused because fire alarms are malfunctioning. It is critical that people do that. Also, kids in school, they practice fire drills. Everybody at home should have a drill with their family. We're going to start moving back a little bit. You see that couch cooking right now. Everybody should have a drill. Know more than one exit because sometimes the exit might be blocked. Now, the fire is starting to peak and I want you to see the smoke goes up. It's all in this room now. What you don't see when I get low is carbon monoxide. That's why those smoke alarms are so important. Carbon monoxide is an invisible killer. You're not going to be able to see it. Notice that this door is closed. It's going to be important in just a few minutes. The room I want to show you for one sec is starting to cook right through that couch. We're getting low. It's cooking right through that couch and in about 45 seconds it's going to get very hot. Steve Kerber, we're going to move back. What's the temperature in here Steve? 400 degrees in the living room at the ceiling. 400 degrees and the air is obviously unbreathable. 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. I'm going to be walking out of here on my knees. You can see you can't see anything behind us. There is a tunnel of clean air at the bottom and a funnel of that smoke up above us that is coursing out of this house. That's why you want to stay as low as possible. Now we're going to go to the other side, and again, I'm going to do something for the purposes of a demonstration. Nobody should ever do this at everybody should just get out, then call 911. We're going to go back in here with Steve. Now remember that room that had a closed door? This is it, right? What I want you to notice at home, the smoke is coming in. 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 First thing to do, touch the wrong. 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. Next thing you want to do, call 911. Now if you're in the house is when you want to call 911. You may hear some bursting behind us. That's the fire surging out of that room right now. If you're in here, stay low, call 911. Now, firefighters are going to come and do a perimeter around the house. This is the only time you should open the window. You want to let them know that you're here. What do you do? Hold on. You open the window. Teddy bear, pillow, anything that might alert someone that you're here, throw that out the window. Close the window. If you keep it open, it's going to suck all that smoke in. If firefighters do come, then open the window again. Otherwise stay low. We're going to head back out. Just check this. Outside this door Steve just said it's 1,000 degrees. Don't open that door. We're going to go back out. We have a bunch of guys and a lot of safety gear on so I'm impressed by my cameraman Steve, Russ backing up. They're about to put this fire out and you can see it's blown through the windows. Look how far it shot the windows away and they're starting to lower these doors. George, I'm going to take my helmet and gear off right now. Matt? 1,000 degrees there -- George, I hear you. 1,000 degrees there, could you feel any of that? Are you okay? No, I'm fully up in gear and if I had not had this respirator on, I would have been dead. There's a tremendous amount of carbon monoxide in there, one or two breaths and you're gone. Now, check out the difference between these rooms right now. In this one what would you say? Survivable? Hard to survive. There was 10,000 parts per million of co, very high temperatures. That means one or two gulps and you're dead of that air. Here, is this survisurvivable? Very survivable. You would have a headache, have to stay low. Thanks, Steve. It's literally day and night, survival and death. That's why before you doze, close that door, make sure the family has a plan, and keep those smoke alarms with those batteries in them. Make sure they function. Guys? What a vivid demonstration. Thank you, Matt. He's right because at school you always have fire drills. Why not have one at home. Yeah. They've been doing this since we were kids, right, and it's still a good reminder to have.

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