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.
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.
- 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.