Every 2.5 minutes, a house catches on fire somewhere in the United States, according to the Twin Falls Fire Marshal. This week is National Fire Prevention Week.
"This year’s fire prevention theme is look, listen and learn. Look for causes of fire, listen for your smoke detector and learn two ways out of your house," said Tim Lauda, the Twin Falls Fire Marshal.
With current day construction, Lauda said residents have about 2.5 minutes to get out of their house if it's on fire. A smoke detector takes about 30 seconds before it will alarm, he added.
"Back in the '50s, '60s, even early '70s, things were made out of natural material, wool, horse hairs, those types of things," he continued. "Now pretty much everything is made out of synthetics and synthetics are almost like gasoline in your house. They burn extremely hotter and extremely faster."