Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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8 out of 10 Fire-Related Deaths Take Place in the Home

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Home Fire Drill Day on Saturday, October 15 encourages parents to create fire escape plan for home

Topeka  –  Home fires have proven to be one of the largest disaster threats facing American families today, resulting more than 8 in 10 fire-related deaths. To raise awareness about this issue and encourage families to be prepared, Safe Kids Kansas and the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be joining Safe Kids Worldwide, Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program and other experts for Home Fire Drill Day on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in coordination with National Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15).

“We practice fire drills at work and children practice at school, but many families don’t practice fire drills at home. Creating a home fire escape plan with your family and practicing it is a smart thing for every family to do,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “In the event of an emergency, a child could feel overwhelmed or scared. Practicing on Home Fire Drill Day can help teach your children what to do in case of a home fire.”

“We are launching Home Fire Drill Day with our expert partners to encourage families across the country to take a pledge that they will practice home fire drills on October 15. We want every family member to know exactly what to do in the event of a home fire,” says Mike Boyd, Nationwide. “We all practice fire drills at work and children do the same at school – we should do them at home, as well, where fires are happening every day.”

This marks the first time that these organizations from the public and private sector are collaborating on this single, life-saving call to action. The group of partners are also working together to share simple tips and tools for families to use on this new observance day. Home Fire Drill Day tips include:

  • Take the pledge and design your home escape plan at
  • Pick a family safety spot outside that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
  • Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home and one in each bedroom. 
  • Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like.
  • For children under six, assign an adult to help them.
  • Use a timer to ensure everyone can get out to the safety spot in two minutes or less. This is how much time a family has to safely exit the house in the event of a real home fire. 
  • Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home.  Make sure you identify two exits out of each room.

For more information on Home Fire Drill Day, visit and be sure to download the app, ‘Make Safe Happen Home Safety’.