First, we’d like to say THANK YOU for taking an interest in Fire Safety!
All of this information has been complied to help educate the general public about personal and home fire safety. We encourage you to review all of the information provided.
However, if you don’t have time to review everything please remember the two most important things you can do for yourself and your family:
- Install and Test Smoke Alarms
- Practice a Family Escape Plan
Studies throughout the years have proven - smoke alarms save lives
Roughly 70% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Homes with smoke alarms (whether or not they are operational) typically have a death rate that is 40-50% less than the rate for homes without alarms. A 2008 survey found that 96% of the households surveyed had at least one smoke alarm. In one-quarter of the reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work. Households with non-working smoke alarms now outnumber those with no smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail, it is most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
Having a Family Escape Plan is essential
A recent survey showed that 30% of American household estimated that they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. In actuality, the time available for safe escape is often much less. It’s critical for household to establish and regularly practice a fire escape plan so that everyone remembers what to do in case of an emergency.
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