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Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

In the United States, someone dies in a home fire every 3 hours, and someone is injured every half-hour.

Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented - if more people knew what to do. Media stories can save lives! A news story about a residential fire provides a valuable opportunity to give your community a safety message during a teachable moment. Drop in these prevention tips and facts, and you just might save a life.
Fire Safety Essentials
All U.S. homes should have working smoke alarms. The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers lowers the risk of death from fire by more than 80%. In the event of a fire, escape first - then call for help.

Smoke Alarms

All U.S. homes should have working smoke alarms.

Fire injuries and deaths can be prevented. A few easy steps can save your life!

  • Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, even the basement.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area. Ideally, install smoke alarms in every sleeping area, too.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Change the batteries at least once a year-maybe at Daylight Savings Time or on your birthday.
  • Teach children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it-get out and crawl low under smoke.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm (like for cooking smoke). Consider alarms with hush buttons.
  • Never remove a smoke alarm battery for some other use, like a radio or video game.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean. Vacuum them often.
  • Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
  • Choose smoke alarms that come with 10-year batteries.


The United States Fire Administration recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas.

Smoke Alarm Facts
  • Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
  • Nine out of 10 homes have smoke alarms, but millions of those alarms do not work.
  • Missing or dead batteries are the main causes of non-working smoke alarms.
  • More than 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Fire Escape Plans

Fires can be prevented. A few easy steps can save your life.

  • Make and practice a fire escape plan.
  • Plan for two ways to escape from each room.
  • Plan for everyone in your home-including babies and others who need help to escape.
  • Pick a place to meet after you escape to check that everyone got out.
  • Practice your escape plan every month.
  • Practice getting out with your eyes closed, crawling low to the floor.
  • Involve children in making and practicing your escape plan.
  • Teach children to never hide during a fire-they must get out and stay out.
  • Clear toys, boxes, and other debris from exits.
  • Check that windows open easily. Fix any that stick.
  • Be sure that security bars on doors and windows have a quick-release latch, and everyone knows how to open them.
  • Never open a door that feels hot. Escape another way.
  • Escape first, then call for help.
Escape Plan Facts
  • Escape plans help you get out of a burning home quickly.
  • A home can fill with thick, black smoke in just minutes.
  • A small flame can become a major fire in less than 30 seconds.
Get Out, Stay Out

Fires can be prevented. A few easy steps can save your life.

  • In a fire, get out right away. Don't pause to gather belongings.
  • Teach children not to hide, but to get out right away.
  • Escape first, then call for help.
  • Never go back into a burning home for any reason.
  • If someone is missing, tell firefighters - they are trained and equipped for rescues.
"Get Out, Stay Out" Facts
  • Going back into a burning home can be deadly.
  • The heat from a fire can scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Breathing even small amounts of smoke can make you confused or pass out.
Home Fire Sprinklers
Fire injuries and deaths can be prevented! A few easy steps can save your life!
  • Home fire sprinklers may reduce fire injuries and deaths, protect your home investment and irreplaceable family possessions, and decrease insurance costs.
  • Include fire sprinklers in your plans when building a new home.
  • Think about adding sprinklers to your existing home, especially when remodeling.
Home Fire Sprinkler Facts
  • The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers lowers the risk of death from fire by more than 80%.
  • For homes with residents at high risk of fire injury and death (children, older adults, people with disabilities), sprinklers offer an important added measure of protection.
  • Home fire sprinklers automatically contain a fire and prevent it from spreading, reducing damage to the home.
  • Only the sprinklers in the fire area are activated.
  • Sprinklers add only about 1% to the cost of building a home.
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