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, an 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.

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

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

Recover After a Home Fire

Learn how to begin cleaning up and recovering from a home fire. The American Red Cross has 4 steps to take immediately after a home fire.

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 wellbeing by checking out their Emotional Recovery Guide as well as their Disasters and Financial Planning Guide.  

Even a small fire within a home can result in extensive damage from smoke and the water used to extinguish the fire.

General Fire Safety Information and Resources

Home Heating Fires 

Join the American Red Cross Home Fire Prevention Campaign. Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. Their goal is to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25%. 

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. 

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. If burned, take the pet to the veterinarian to receive proper treatment. 

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. 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 out more information and ways to help your child survive a fire

The National Fire Protection Association 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

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