Stop Fires Before They Start!

  • Reduce the chances for a fire to start in your home.
  • Candles - Make certain that you always blow out candles when you leave a room or go to sleep. Unattended candles have started many fires over the last year.
  • Heating - Try to keep everything that can burn at least one foot away from heaters. Clothes, blankets, newspapers and furniture can start a fire if they are too close to a heater.
  • Cooking - Never leave food unattended while cooking. Many people lose more than their meal when they forget they are cooking.
  • Kids - Keep matches and lighters away from small children. Put them away in places where they are out of sight and out of reach from little hands.
  • Smoking - Remind friends and family that smoking while in bed or when sleepy is dangerous. Provide your guests and family with large ashtrays and empty the ashes when they are cold.
  • 911 - It is important that everyone in your home knows how to call 911 for emergency help. Place 911 stickers on all of your phones and make certain small children know their home address.
  • Home Escape Plan - When you hear the building fire alarm you need to act fast. Practice a home escape plan and learn where to go if a fire ever starts in your building.

Fire Prevention and Children

  • A child who is curious about fire may be any age.
  • A child who misuses fire may be anyone’s child.
  • Establish an intervention program for children who have shown any type of fire setting or fire play behavior.
  • Educate your child in fire prevention!
  • If your child has shown an interest or curiosity about fire, they need education about fire safety.
  • If your child has played with, or set a fire, they need education about fire safety.
  • Please don't think the behavior will "go away" or he or she will "grow out of it". Even if your child started a fire and feels very badly about it, his chances of using or playing with fire again may be very high.
  • It is estimated that up to 80% of children who start a fire, even accidentally, will use fire again if they do not receive education from a fire educator.

Apartment Safety Tips

With skyrocketing property values, more and more people are moving into apartments or condominiums. The chance a fire will start in an apartment is the same as in a house, yet the potential for growth is much greater. Instead of displacing one family, a fire in an apartment or condominium can force many families out of their homes.

Preparation is key. When you hear the building fire alarm take it seriously. Every second you delay wastes valuable time you need to escape. For this reason you should regularly practice a home escape plan. If a fire starts in your building you must know how to get out quickly. Don’t wait to find out the severity of the situation. Time counts. Your home escape plan should include two ways out of your apartment and an outside meeting place away from the building.

Remember to not use the elevator during a fire emergency. If you are unable to use the stairs, stay in your apartment and call 911. Tell the dispatcher where you are and ask for help. If the fire is in your unit, quickly go to the stairwell, pull the fire alarm, and wait on the stair landing for help.


How long do you have to escape from a fire in your home?

When people were asked this question in a recent survey, they answered in ways that surprised us. 58% said two minutes or more. 24% estimated they had more than 10 minutes to escape a home fire. The truth is, you may have much less time to escape.

A typical living room fire can threaten the entire house in just a few minutes, producing life-threatening conditions in upstairs bedrooms less than two minutes after the smoke alarm sounds. Your family needs to know how to get out at the first sign of a fire.

Don’t wait, plan your escape today!

Print out your own escape plan grid. Then come back here for help in making your plan. Or draw your own floor plan on a piece of paper.

Mark two ways out of every room and Include windows on your plan. Every member of your household should be part of the planning. Pick a meeting place outside. Tell everyone to meet there after they’ve escaped. That way you can count heads and tell the fire department if anyone’s trapped inside.

Practice it!

Plans are great, but the only way to know if they work is to practice them. Hold a home fire drill. Getting out of your own home sounds easy, but your home can look very different if it’s full of smoke. Children in particular need to practice what to do. Have someone press the button on the smoke alarm as the signal for the drill to start.

Remember that a fire drill is not a race. Get out quickly, but carefully. Everyone should go to the meeting place. Make time to plan and practice your family’s great escape today!