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Working smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a house fire in half, and they are a family's first indication of a fire. But once that alarm sounds a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That's why it's so important to have an
escape plan and practice it using different ways out of the house. NFPA offers more educational resources on fire safety
A home fire is reported every 86 seconds. Despite this threat, families rarely practice home fire drills, and nearly half of parents report their children do not know what to do in the event of a fire.
Home Fire Drill Day, a safety observance developed by Nationwide in partnership with NSC and other organizations, is held at the end of Fire Prevention Week each year in October. But families can practice home fire drills any time and take advantage of tools and resources offered at
Practice as a family, take the pledge to practice home fire drills twice a year, and encourage others to take the pledge.
Over the past several decades, deaths from home structure fires in the United States have steadily gone down – from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,646 in 2015, according to
Injury Facts 2017®.
But even one death from a preventable fire is too many. While fire doesn't discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. In 2015, 232 children in this age group died from fire and smoke inhalation.
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and fire injuries, followed by heating equipment, according to NFPA. Other causes include smoking, electrical problems, children playing with fire and candles.
NSC provides the following tips to keep your home safe from fire:
U.S. Fire Administration offers these additional tips to keep children safe from fire and burns:
The Centers for Disease Control reports
there are three types of burns:
If you don't know how severe a burn is, call 911 or seek medical treatment. Click here for more
information on first-aid for burns.
Did you know you're not supposed to use ice, butter or ointments when treating burns? Learn how to treat all types of burns.
A small house fire can rage out of control in minutes. Learn how to prevent a fire – and how to survive one.
Frayed cords, overloaded outlets, space heaters and many other problems can cause a fire. Use this checklist to keep your home fire-proof.