Fire Prevention & Safety



According to the National Fire Protection Association,

  • In 2003, 80% of fires in the United States occurred in the home, resulting in 3,925 fire deaths.
  • In the U.S., someone dies from a home fire roughly every 134 minutes.
  • In Canada, someone is fatally injured in a home fire roughly every 31 hours. 
  • Roughly half of all home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires that were reported between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. But only one-quarter of home fires occur between those hours. 
  • Although children five and under make up about 9% of the country's population, they accounted for 17% of the home fire deaths.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths overall, but in the months of December, January and February, smoking and heating equipment caused similar shares of fire deaths.
  • Every 20 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation.

 With these startling statistics in mind, here are some safety tips for you:


Smoke is responsible for three out of four deaths.

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Test every detector at least once a month. [See your instruction book for the location of the test button.]
  • Keep smoke detectors dust free. Replace batteries with new ones at least once a year, or sooner if the detector makes a chirping sound.
  • If you have a smoke detector directly wired into your electrical system, be sure that the little signal light is blinking periodically. This tells you that the alarm is active.
  • Inexpensive smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired.