Category Archives: Fire Escape Planning


Below are a couple of excerpts from commercial aviation authorities discussing fire and smoke in aircraft during flight.

The Royal Aeronautical Society published a “Specialist Paper” on Smoke, Fire and Fumes in Transport Aircraft

” Smoke and Fire in transport aeroplanes continues to pose a risk in aviation. While the number of fatalities caused by aviation accidents has decreased, the risk of future fire related incidents or accidents has increased due to the proliferation of lithium batteries and other risks. The importance of continued research, improved regulation, improved manufacturing standards, adoption of technology to mitigate in-flight smoke and fire and oversight by safety professionals is proven in this document. The threat profile of in-flight smoke and fire is also changing due to the expansion of composite materials used in aeroplanes. Composite materials burn differently, disperse heat differently and produce different toxic substances post ignition.”


Fire In The Air

Fire in the air is one of the most hazardous situations that a flight crew can be faced with. Without aggressive intervention by the flight crew, a fire on board an aircraft can lead to the catastrophic loss of that aircraft within a very short space of time. Once a fire has become established, it is unlikely that the crew will be able to extinguish it.


Xcaper masks would fill a long missing roll in Aircraft Fire, Smoke and Fume events.

Absorbing and filtering most of the deadly gases mentioned in the articles below
Xcaper masks would increase your chances of survival on an order of magnitude.

Aircraft Fire Smoke & Fumes on board

Smoke and gases in aircraft fires

Aircraft Fire Survival – Manchester British Airtours Flight 28M

Lessons Learned from British Airtours Flight 28M

On 22 August 1985, British Airtours Flight 28M caught fire on the runway after an engine failure on takeoff, the engine failure punctured a fuel cell and caused a massive fire that killed 52 of the of the 131 passengers aboard.

Forensic investigation later deduced toxic smoke was the main killer, and that most passengers would have survived had they had some form of respiratory protection. Most died from smoke inhalation of carbon monoxide and  hydrogen cyanide which are common constituents of combustion gases.

Survivors stated that:

The effect of the smoke was shocking one breath of the toxic gases made them feel debilitated and they knew that a second or third breath would likely kill them.

Workplace Fire Warden TrainingI personally now always take an Xcaper Kit as carry on baggage. Knowing it will provide the exact type of protection the investigators recommended, without the disadvantages of a smoke hood. Not only am I protected when traveling, but while staying in foreign hotels with less reliable fire safety.

To see where they discuss the cause of death go to 33:00 minute point

An Xcaper Kit can provide life saving time to escape almost any situation.

Don’t wait buy one today

Disaster mask

NIST fire training video

Fire Behavior Tactical Considerations

Fire Fighter Training lecture from the NIST and UL about the tactical considerations of ventilation. How does ventilation cause fires to grow and be pushed and what are the effects on hot gasses and searing temperatures that can be quickly increased or decreased depending on the way you combine suppression and ventilation.

A MUST watch for Fire Professional

General Public
For the average person with limited understanding of what this all means to you.
By watching the time lines of these fires realize just how quickly temperatures get to thousands of degrees, and how thick smoke gets in minutes.

The take away is:

  1. Make a fire safety plan
  2. Make sure all smoke alarms are working, test them at least monthly they give you a few extra minutes to get out. Make sure you have a smoke detector on every floor and each bedroom or sleeping area.
  3. Close Bedroom Doors, they protect you from the fast movement of smoke and heat.
  4. Keep other doors in the house closed as much as possible, it slows the fires progress and its access to oxygen.
  5. Never open a door without checking if its hot, or smoke coming under the door
  6. Once you open a window or a door the fire may grow quickly or even flash over (explode) so be prepared to exit quickly once you let the air in.
  7. Buy an escape ladder if you are not on the first floor
  8. Purchase an Xcaper Smoke Mask, they can give you the extra time you need to survive.
  9. Buy a can of Cold fire and keep it in your sleeping area, it can be used as a thermal insulator. Spray yourself down with it to give you some protection from the high temperatures


Thank you to Prevention Connection for sharing this information with Unique Fire Safety Ltd.

House Fire

Home Fire Safety Video – Capt Fast

Fire Captain Harry Fast (retired) has created this video to help educate people on home fire safety. He not only comes at this from a professional fire fighters point of view, but also as a family member who lost an uncle in a tragic blaze as well.

Please watch this video, and take fire seriously, The fire department probably won’t make it to your house in time to save your life. Take responsibility for yourself and your family and TAKE ACTION NOW.

Order Harry’s book and safety planning worksheet. Its your life, take action.

LEARN-MORE  Home Fire Safty

Workplace Fire Warden Training

Fire Warden Training for Work Places

Fire Warden training is invaluable when disaster strikes your workplace.

Whether its Fire, Earthquake, Chemical leak, Terror attack or any other type of disaster; trained fire wardens save lives.

Requirements for training vary, depending on industry and province.

Owner and founder of National Life Safety Group Jason Reid is one of the most respected and knowledgeable experts in the field. His company offers courses on Work Place Fire Warden Training throughout Canada. Contact Jason for a free consultation and discussion about how he can help your company comply.

Capt Fast Fire Educator

Ask the Captain, Harry Fast

Captain Harry Fast Fire EducatorA man dedicated to making a difference, Capt Fast wants to help you survive. He has the knowledge, background and tools to help.

I love the videos on the site from real fire victims, they make me want to work harder and do more to help Capt Fast achieve his goal.

Capt Fast is working with the Burn fund, please check out his website and the stunning videos.

Look at his kit, and think about sharing this site and its great content with those you care about.