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The National Fire Protection Association is promoting the theme “Don’t Wait: Check the Date!


Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. The manufacturing date is on the back of the alarm.

·  3 out of 5 home fire deaths in the U.S. result from homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. How old are your smoke alarms?

An average of 7 people die in the U.S every day from home fires.


·  Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires followed by heating equipment.

·  Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.

·  U.S. fire departments responded to about 358,300 home structure fires per year from 2010 to 2014 which ¾ of all structure fires.




· There were 501,500 structure fires.

· There was 1 structure fire every 63 seconds.

· There was 1 home fire every 86 seconds.

· There was $10.3 Billion in property damage from structure fires.

· Vehicle fires totaled $1.2 Billion in property damage.


Helpful Tips


· Have smoke alarms in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.

· Install smoke alarms on every level.

· Test alarms at least once per month.

· Interconnected smoke alarms are the best to have. When one goes off, they all go off.

· Keep alarms at least 10 feet from the stove to avoid false alarms.

· Deaf people or those people who are hard of hearing can use special alarms which have strobe lights and bed shakers.

· Know how to escape from your house, condo, or apartment. Know where the fire exits are.
· Teach young children what a fire alarm sounds like.

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