Fire Safety Facts

  • On average, 7 people die in home fires each day
  • Cooking appliances are the leading cause of home fires
  • Fire Departments respond to an average of 355,400 home fires every year
  • 65% of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors
  • It only takes 30 seconds for a small fire to spread

 

With Daylight Savings time approaching this weekend, this is a great time to do a fire safety review with your family. You never know when an emergency will strike, but you can reduce your risk by being prepared and following a these fire safety tips:

  • Keep lighters and candles out of children’s reach
  • Test your home’s smoke detectors at least once each month
  • Keep fire safety equipment in your home. Fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and escape ladders are common home fire safety items
  • Identify any fire safety hazards, such as lint left in dryers, plugged in heating appliances and dirty chimneys
  • Create a home fire escape plan that shows 2 ways out of each room & practice it twice a year

Everyone in your family has a role to play in your home’s fire safety. Getting kids involved is important so they are familiar with your escape plan and don’t panic in an emergency. Feel free to print out and use this handy Fire Safety Checklist put together by our friends at ADT: