Protect Your Family from a Fire in Your Home

You have only minutes to escape during a fire. Working smoke alarms save lives. More than 2,200 people die each year because of unintentional home fires. Almost two-thirds of these fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or with smoke alarms that don’t work. A smoke alarm’s warning can cut the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half.

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Fire Safety Tips

  • Install a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside. sleeping areas and inside bedrooms
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries once every year.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking. Stand by your pan!
  • Know how to escape if there is a fire in your home. Have a plan and practice it with your family.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. They don’t last forever.

Off-Campus Fire Safety


Most (94 percent) fatal campus fires took place in off-campus housing, according to incidents examined by USFA between 2000 and 2015. The best advice to keep your college student safe is this:  See it before you sign it.

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