Did you know there are 405,000 residential fires every year in the United States? That’s enough to burn down every house in the city of Cleveland, Ohio AND Daytona Beach, Florida! The good news is that the number of home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades.
Do I Need Smoke Alarms?
Yes! According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 1,450 fire death occurs every year in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed in the following places:
- Every bedroom
- Outside each sleeping area
- On every level of your home, including basement
- In living room, den, or family room
- Near stairways
- 10 feet from cooking appliances to minimize false alarms
What Is an Escape Plan?
When an emergency happens, you may have to decide what to do very quickly. Develop an escape plan with all members of your family. A home escape plan includes:
- Two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window.
- A path from each exit to the outside.
- An outside meeting place, which is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone will meet.
- Practice your plan with everyone in your home twice a year.