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Are you prepared for a house fire?

Every day, house fires kill an average of seven people in this country, for an average of a little more than 2,500 people per year. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected and have a safe escape plan in the event that a fire occurs in your home.

In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage. house-on-fire-with-black-smoke

  • 487,500 were structure fires, causing 2,855 civilian deaths, 14,075 civilian injuries, and $9.5 billion in property damage.
  • 188,000 were vehicle fires, causing 320 civilian fire deaths, 1050 civilian fire injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
  • 564,500 were outside and other fires, causing 65 civilian fire deaths, 800 civilian fire injuries, and $607 million in property damage.

The 2013 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 25 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.

  • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 42 minutes.
  • One outside fire was reported every 56 seconds.
  • One vehicle fire was reported every 167 seconds.

 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Follow these steps during a house fire to make sure you get out safely.EscapePlanAA1_1

  • STEP 1: When you get out of your bed, you’ve got to stay very low, so try to crawl on the floor, or stay very low.
  • STEP 2: Before opening any door, check it for heat using your hands.
  • STEP 3: As you’re going down the stairway, you want to feel the wall for direction, so you can get down the stairs quicker.
  • STEP 4: Have one fire escape ladder in every upstairs bedroom mounted on a window to help family members escape safely. Fire ladders like the Kidde brand fire ladder can be purchased from Home Depot for as little as $35.
  • STEP 5: Once you’re out, stay out. Never go back into a burning home.

You should find somewhere safe to wait near the building. If there’s someone still inside, wait for the Fire and Rescue Service to arrive. You can tell them about the person and they will be able to find them quicker than you. If you go back into the building, you will slow down the fire-fighters’ efforts to rescue anyone else missing, as well as putting your own life in great danger.

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