Home Fire Safety

Learn about fire danger in and around your home and how to stay safe.
Cooking on a stovetop.

Most fires happen where we feel safest - our homes. But everyone can act to prevent and to survive fires. Working smoke alarms and a practiced home escape plan provide the best protection in a home fire. In most fires, you have as little as 3 minutes to escape once the smoke alarm sounds.

  • Cooking fire safety.  Cooking is the #1 cause of fires in the home and the leading cause of fire related injuries. It is also the leading cause of fire injuries for seniors. Learn about preventing cooking fires and about preventing burns and scalds.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke alarms are your first line of defense in a fire. They provide early warning of danger so you can use your home escape plan to get out fast. Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and within 10-feet of every bedroom. Learn about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Home escape plans. Learn to create and practice a home escape plan.
  • Home fire sprinklers. Learn how home fire sprinklers can protect your family in a fire.
  • Electrical fire safety. Electrical fires are often deadly. Learn how to use electricity safely and prevent these fires.
  • Smoking fire safety. The leading cause of fire deaths is smoking. Learn how to dispose of smoking materials safely.
  • Winter home heating safety. More home fires happen in winter and heating is a leading cause. Learn about winter home heating safety. Promote winter safety in your community. Use our Keep Warm, Keep Safe Winter Home Heating Safety Campaign.
  • Seasonal fire safety. 
  • Indoor fire safety.
  • Outdoor fire safety. Learn how to stay safe when you burn yard waste, use generators, and grill food. Learn to apply mulch and dispose of oily rags safely. Learn to stay safe on the ice and when you are exposed to cold water.
  • Fire Safety for Newcomers. A booklet about home fire safety in 7 languages: English, Chinese, Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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