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Here are some startling facts about the dangers of home fires:
Most fire fatalities occur between 2:00 and 6:00 A.M. when people are sleeping.
Most fire victims die from smoke or toxic gasses, not burns.
Approximately nine people in the United States are fatally injured in a home fire every day.
To help protect your family, home, and possessions from a potentially tragic fire, there are a number of important steps that you can take. The following sections provide important safety details, checklists, which outline helpful guidelines, and safety tips:
Install smoke detectors, or a monitored smoke alarm system (below);
Install fire extinguishers in appropriate areas (below);
Establish an evacuation plan, and make sure all family members know what to do in case of a fire (below); and
Reduce potential fire hazards (below).
For additional protection in your home, the installation of a carbon monoxide detector is highly recommended.
To further enhance home fire safety, our Agency encourages you to seek additional information through related websites, by talking with your local fire department, and by referring to the manufacturers’ instructions included with fire safety devices.
Smoke detectors are considered to be one of the most important safety devices you can have in your home. Studies have shown that properly functioning smoke detectors can reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent.
Even though a large percentage of American homes have at least one smoke detector, one in four homes have detectors that are not working properly. Regular maintenance and testing are essential. What’s more, while laws may require at least one smoke detector on each level of the home, many experts recommend installing additional units.
In addition to smoke detectors, the installation of fire extinguishers in your home is another important safety precaution. When properly used, a fire extinguisher can help prevent a small fire from turning into a devastating blaze.
For added protection, a variety of monitored fire alarm systems also are available. With these systems, a monitoring service can automatically dispatch firefighters to the home. This is particularly valuable when homeowners are away. If you own a monitored system, you may qualify for discounts on your insurance. Please ask your Agent for more details.
See the Home Fire Safety Smoke Detectors, Fire Extinguishers, and Alarm Systems Checklist (PDF) for guidelines.
Imagine that it is 3:00 A.M., you're asleep at home, and the alarms on your smoke detectors go off. As you jump from bed, the smell of smoke is in the air.
If a similar situation occurs in your home, do all of your family members know what to do? If not, a life could easily be lost. Consider these startling facts:
In a typical home fire, the occupants only have about two or three minutes to get out.
Some people panic and become confused, especially children.
Many young children die in fires because they try to hide from smoke and flames.
Those are just a few of the reasons why it’s critical to create an escape plan for your family. Getting everyone out of the home immediately is a matter of life and death.
An evacuation plan includes identifying all exits, determining escape routes, and choosing a safe place to meet outside of your home. Everyone in your household needs to understand the plan and practice it.
For important guidelines on establishing an escape plan, please see the Home Fire Safety Escape Route Planning Checklist (PDF).
During 2000 alone, there were nearly 370,00 home fires in America, resulting in more than 2,000 injuries and deaths.
Even though stories about home fires appear regularly on TV and in the newspaper, it’s easy to think that it won’t ever happen in your home. But the simple truth is, a fire can easily occur in your home, regardless of your home’s age, location, or condition.
To help avoid a potentially devastating and deadly fire, it is critical to reduce and eliminate as many fire hazards as possible. While this may sound like common sense, there are certain fire hazards that many homeowners are either not aware of or do not take seriously.
For instance, do you know where and why most home fires occur? More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. And cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries.
Following safe practices, such as monitoring food when it’s cooking, is essential. Just as important, it’s also wise to thoroughly inspect your home, appliances, and equipment on a regular basis to identify fire risks and correct them.
For key guidelines to reduce home fire hazards, please see the Home Fire Safety Fire Hazard Reduction Checklist (PDF).