xorsyst wrote:I think fire axes are much more of a US thing - I don't recall ever seeing one in the UK, although they may exist. So while I suspect 5:1 to 50:1 is true in the US, I reckon much higher in some other parts of the world.
For example, I'm in a city right now of, say, 100,000 people, and the only axes _I_ know of are in the hardware store. And then there's probably only a couple or so.
i have trouble imagining the use of an axe in a burning building of reasonable construction material (ie, concrete, steel fire doors) anyway.
Fire doors are only needed for inside doors, to keep fire from spreading from one part of a building to another. They are not needed for the doors to outside.
Single family homes usually have wooden doors. Fire departments use axes to break down locked doors to houses.
In office buildings without operable windows, occupants can use axes to break windows so they can escape. However, if they jump from too great a height, they can die anyway.