According to the Red Cross, the top tips for Fire Safety are:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re 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.
According to a report from the National Fire Protection Association, the top five things that cause fires are:
Your ability to get out depends on advance warnings from smoke alarms and advance planning.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as 1 or 2 minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walkthrough your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of their home, marking 2 ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, check out the NFPA's escape planning grid. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.