Fire Safety

The key to fire prevention is fire safety.

We have provided some information that will help in understanding the fire/ emergency challenges nationally:

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association,
  • 80% of fires in the United States occurred in the home, resulting in 4,000 fire deaths each year.
  • In the U.S., someone dies from a home fire roughly every 134 minutes.
  • Roughly half of all home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires that were reported between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. But only 1-quarter of home fires occur between those hours.
  • Although children 5 and under make up about 9% of the country's population, they accounted for 17% of the home fire deaths.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths overall, but in the months of December, January and February, smoking and heating equipment caused similar shares of fire deaths.
  • Every 20 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation.

With these startling statistics in mind, here are some safety tips for you:

  1. Smoke Detectors
  2. Fire Extinguishers
  3. Your Exit Plan
  4. Fireplace
  5. Furnace & Space Heaters
  6. Clothes Dryer
  7. Electrical Hazards
  8. Kitchen Hazards
  9. Children
  10. Gasoline & Other Flammables
  11. Smoking

Smoke is responsible for 3 out of 4 deaths. 

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Test every detector at least once a month. [See your instruction book for the location of the test button.]
  • Keep smoke detectors dust free. Replace batteries with new ones at least once a year, or sooner if the detector makes a chirping sound.
  • If you have a smoke detector directly wired into your electrical system, be sure that the little signal light is blinking periodically. This tells you that the alarm is active.
  • Inexpensive smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired.