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General Fire Safety

General Fire Safety

House fires can double in size every minute, which is why we all need to be careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family.

Safety Tips – Resources

The Hard Facts

In 2015, there were 1,345,500 reported fires in our country. Over half a million of these were structure fires causing 2,685 deaths, 13,000 injuries and 10.3 billion dollars in damage. 

Every 86 seconds, a house fire is reported.

Every 34 minutes, a civilian injury is reported.

Every 2 hours and 40 minutes, a civilian death is reported. 

Top Tips

  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50%. They are our first line defense for any house fire. Please take the time to follow manufactures recommendations. Give them a vacuum every now and again, test them monthly and replace every 10 years. 
  • Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it.
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out, don’t stay in danger for pets or toys, never hide from fire or firefighters and make a “meeting place” outside your home to congregate during an emergency.