Each year, fire kills more Americans that all other natural disasters combined.


Residential fires are the third-leading cause of accidental death in the home with billions of dollars of reported annual property losses.  Many fire deaths and injuries can be avoided with proper notification and action.

To prepare your home, place smoke alarms on every level of your residence on the ceiling or high on the wall and test monthly.  Properly working smoke alarms increase your chance of survival during a fire by 50%, according to FEMA, but will only work when kept in working condition.

Smoke detector batteries should be replaced at least once a year – try during “Spring Forward” or “Fall Back” – and don’t forget to review and practice your household emergency plan at that time, also.


Learn more about fire safety preparedness here.


Have an Emergency Supply Kit and Household Disaster Plan in place.

Getting Out


If you have a fire in your home, remain calm and follow these tips:

  • Feel the door before opening to determine if it is hot; if it is not, open it with caution while standing behind it - be prepared to close the door quickly
  • If you see fire under the door, find another way out
  • Stay low to the ground to avoid smoke and fumes
  • If you are trapped, stay near a window, close to the floor, and call for help if possible
  • Should your clothes catch on fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll
  • Call 911 and report the emergency once you are in a safe location
  • Do not go back into your home until instructed by fire department or other official