Home Heating

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February, and trails only cooking equipment in home fires year-round. Facts & figures Fireplaces or chimney’s rank first in the number of fires among types of heating equipment. Most of these were caused by creosote build-up. Portable and fixed space heaters,... Read more »

Sleepover Fire Safety for Kids

A checklist to help parents and caregivers consider hazards and make decisions about slumber parties and sleepovers. BEFORE YOU SAY “YES” How well do you know the home? Is the home clean? Does it appear to be structurally sound? Is the home in a safe area? If the home has security bars on doors and windows, do... Read more »

Children Playing with Fire

Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year. Preschoolers are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them. Facts & figures* In 2002, children playing with fire started an estimated 13,900 structure fires that were reported to U.S.... Read more »

Escape Planning for Older Adults

Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is particularly important for older adults. At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. And with our numbers growing every year – in the United States and Canada, adults age 65 and... Read more »

Tips for Living in Apartments

Fire drills are important for all homes, including apartment buildings and other high-rise structures. You need to know the basics of escape planning, from identifying two ways out of every room to crawling low to avoid toxic smoke, and the importance of practicing how you would respond in an emergency. Be aware that sometimes the... Read more »

Cooking Safety

Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Most cooking equipment fires start with the ignition of common household items (e.g., food or grease, cabinets, wall coverings, paper or plastic bags, curtains, etc.). Facts & figures* In 2001, there were 117,100 reported home structure fires associated with cooking equipment, resulting in 370... Read more »

Home Fire Safety Checklist

Home fires in the United States number over 1,000 a day. How safe is your home from fire? Have the whole family study these questions and check fro fire hazards. Every “No” points to a fire hazard.   (A printable copy of this checklist is available here: Home Fire Safety Checklist) MATCHES AND CARELESS SMOKING HAZARDS... Read more »

The Importance of Escape Planning

(A printable copy of this information is available here: Fire Escape Plan) DID YOU KNOW? Approximately 3,500 people are killed and more than 17,000 are injured in fires across the country every year. Don’t become a statistic! Plan ahead so you know what to do. There are two very important measures that you can take to... Read more »

False Alarms

WHAT IS A FALSE FIRE ALARM? A false fire alarm means the activation of any fire alarm system which results in a response by the fire department for an alarm activation not caused by heat, smoke, or fire. A nuisance fire alarm means the activation of any fire alarm system, which results in a response... Read more »

How Alert Are You to the Dangers of Fire?

Every year approximately 3,500 people are killed and more than 17,000 people are seriously injured in fires across the US. Your life and the lives of your family may depend on your fire safety knowledge.  Could you survive a fire? Time To Take The Fires Safety Awareness Test Test Your Knowledge Before It’s Too Late... Read more »