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Tips for Fire Safety in Your Home


Fire departments respond to about 358,300 home fires per year resulting in an average of 2,560 deaths and 12,720 injuries. The leading causes of these fires are cooking, heating units, candles, smoking and children playing with dangerous materials. Use the tips in this article to help keep your home and family safe.

Protect your home and loved ones

  • Prepare and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
  • Teach your children never to play with matches, lighters or fireworks, and keep these items out of their reach.
  • Install smoke alarms in every area of your home and test the batteries each month.
  • Store matches, lighters and flammable materials out of the reach of children.

Smoke Detectors Save Lives


According to the American Red Cross report, 60% of fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

In the kitchen

  • Limit distractions and never leave a stove unattended.
  • Ensure cooking surfaces are clean and use a timer to avoid burning foods.
  • Never throw water directly on a grease or electrical fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Do You Have an Evacuation Plan?


"Once a fire starts, you may have as little as two minutes to escape."

– NFPA

Heating and fireplaces

  • Inspect heating equipment and have chimneys cleaned annually.
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Secure a screen on your fireplace and ensure the flame is extinguished before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Always have an adult present when a fireplace is burning.
  • Place portable heaters or fireplaces on a sturdy surface and at a safe distance away from flammable material.

Candle safety

  • Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable material and out of reach from children and pets.
  • Extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed.
  • Use candleholders that are non-flammable and will not tip or allow wax to drip.

Smoking Is Deadly


"Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States." Keep matches and lighters out of your children's reach.

– NFPA

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References:

  1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Public Education. nfpa.org.
  2. National Safety Council (NSC). Portable Generators Tips. nsc.org.
  3. American Red Cross. Home Fires. redcross.org.
  4. Safe Electricity.org. Avoid Electrical Fires at Home. safeelectricity.org.
  5. Safe Kids Worldwide. Fire Prevention for Little Kids. safekids.org.