Fire Safety Information Center

You have only minutes to escape during a fire. Do you have a working smoke alarm? A smoke alarm's warning can cut the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half. Learn other tips to protect your family from a fire.

Protect Your Family from a Fire in Your Home

You have only minutes to escape during a fire. Working smoke alarms save lives. More than 2,200 people die each year because of unintentional home fires. Almost two-thirds of these fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or with smoke alarms that don’t work. A smoke alarm’s warning can cut the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half. 

Fire Safety Tips

  • Install a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside. sleeping areas and inside bedrooms
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries once every year.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking. Stand by your pan!
  • Know how to escape if there is a fire in your home. Have a plan and practice it with your family.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. They don’t last forever.

Partners

  • U.S. Fire Administration