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What Usually Survives A House Fire?

What Usually Survives A House Fire?

As I mentioned in my previous post on average house fire temperature, the temperature of a house fire can reach up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, most items will be destroyed, but some items may be able to withstand the heat and survive.

In a house fire, items made of metal such as jewelry, safes, and appliances may survive. Fireproof boxes or documents may also survive. Other items that may survive include porcelain and ceramic items, glassware, and some plastic items

It is important to remember that even if your items survive the fire, they may be damaged by smoke and water.

Therefore, it is always recommended to take extra measures such as using fireproof boxes or safes to protect your valuables from heat and smoke.

Metal Items (Jewelry, Safes, Appliances)

Metallic items such as jewelry, safes, and appliances do not easily burn in a house fire and may survive.

Fireproof Boxes, Documents

Fireproof boxes, such as those used to protect documents and valuables, are designed to withstand high temperatures, and may also survive.

Porcelain and Ceramic Items

Porcelain and ceramic items may also survive a house fire as they are made of non-combustible materials.


Glassware, such as drinking glasses and dishes, may also survive a house fire, although it may be damaged by heat and smoke.

Some Plastic Items

Some plastic items may also survive a house fire, due to their high melting point. However, plastic is flammable and can burn quickly in a house fire.

Items Inside Refrigerators and Freezers

Items inside refrigerators and freezers may also survive a house fire, as the temperature inside these appliances is much lower than the temperature of the fire.

Undamaged Items in The Upper Part of The House

Items in the upper part of the house may also survive a house fire, as they are not directly exposed to the heat and flames.

Items in Fire-Resistant Containers

Items stored in fire-resistant containers may also survive a house fire, as these containers are designed to keep items safe from heat and flames.


Can Jewelry Survive A House Fire?

It depends on the severity of the fire and the composition of the jewelry. Some pieces may survive, but many will not. Generally, jewelry is not fireproof and it is recommended that you keep it away from any sources of heat or flame.

Is anything truly fireproof?

No, nothing is truly fireproof; however, some materials are more resistant to fire and heat than others. Fireproof materials are typically rated based on their ability to withstand extreme heat and flames for a certain period.

These materials include fire-resistant fabrics, ceramics, metals, plastics, and other materials. Additionally, some items can be treated with fire-retardant chemicals to make them more resistant to fire and heat.

Important to Note

If a fire is not extinguished on time, it can cause extensive damage. In addition to destroying furniture, clothing, and other items, a fire can also damage the structure of the house and its electrical and plumbing systems. Additionally, toxic smoke and fumes can spread through the home, potentially causing serious health issues for the occupants.

If your house is on fire, it is always safest to exit the house as quickly as possible. Don’t try to gather any belongings or make any attempts to fight the fire. Though some of the items may survive, your safety should always be the top priority.

Finally, take all necessary precautions to prevent a fire and have a fire extinguisher and a working smoke alarm in the home. It is also important to evacuate the home immediately if a fire does break out and to call the fire department for assistance.

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