Fire Safety Preparedness

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe! 

Learn more from the American Red Cross Top Tips For Fire Safety:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they are not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. 
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone. 

Prevent and Prepare for Home Fires 

The American Red Cross offers free information and resources on home fire preparedness. Get tips on escaping from a home fire, plus learn smart habits that can prevent a fire from starting here. 

Is your home a fire hazard? Fires can be prevented with a few very simple precautions. Learn more here

Learn more about Home Fire Escape Plans and what they do to keep you and your family safe during a fire. These escape plans are an essential tool in keeping you and your family safe in a fire related emergency. 

Fireplaces and chimneys are more than just works of masonry: they are a part of your home's heating system, which must effectively exhaust fumes from your fireplace, furnace, and water heater. Learn more about fireplace and chimney problems, tips, and prevention here

What to do if a Fire Starts

Learn what you and your family should do if a fire starts in your home. Visit the American Red Cross information page here

Recover After a Home Fire 

Learn how to begin cleaning up and recovering after a home fire. The American Red Cross has 4 steps to take immediately after a home fire and more information available on their website. 

The American Red Cross also has information on taking the appropriate steps to stay safe in their Checking Your Home after a Fire guide. You can also find out tips and information on cleaning up after a fire

Important steps for your safe and speedy recovery, check out the American Red Cross' Picking Up the Pieces After a Fire resource guide. You can also find information on starting the process of recovering your family's physical, emotional and financial well being by checking out their Disaster Recovery Guide

Even a small fire within a home can result in extensive damage from smoke and the water used to extinguish the fire. Learn more about fire/smoke damage restoration and repair here

General Fire Safety Information and Resources 

Home Heating Fires 

Learn Home Heating Fires Fast Facts and Prevention Tips here

Camp Fire Safety

Learn how to build an open campfire, maintain it during the burn time, how to extinguish it when finished, and more campfire safety tips here

Pet Fire Safety

Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to - and also the most preventable. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. Find out how to protect your pets from potential danger. 

Few injuries in pets are as traumatic, painful and disfiguring as a burn. Find information on how to prevent and treat pet burns here

Kids Fire Safety

A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak. Find more information about fire safety for kids here

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a website called Sparky's Fire House that is an entire website dedicated to educating children on fire prevention and safety. 

Fire Safety for Older Adults 

Browse the safety awareness program toolkit to learn more information about Home Fire Safety for Older Adults

Burn Information

Learn more about burn prevention and fire safety tips by visiting the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's informational website



Learn more about fire safety and being prepared at the following websites: 

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

http://www.nfpa.org/

http://www.sparky.org/

http://files.esfi.org/file/Home-Fire-Safety-for-Older-Adults-Safety-Awareness-Program-Toolkit.pdf

http://www.barnabashealth.org/Saint-Barnabas-Medical-Center/Our-Services/The-Burn-Center/Community-Outreach/Burn-Prevention-and-Fire-Safety-Tips.aspx



Page last modified/reviewed on May 02, 2017

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