Resolve to Make Your Home Safer in 2016: Ring in Fire Safety!

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If you’re like many Americans, you’re starting off the new year with a
resolution to improve your health. As you make strides toward your
resolution, consider one additional step to maintain your health: fire
. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is urging Americans
to make 2016 a healthy and fire-safe year.

Most people say they feel safest at home. But USFA data shows 83% of all
fire deaths in the United States happen in homes. “These preventable
fires result in more than three-quarters of all fire deaths and
thousands of injuries,” USFA says.

Follow these tips to ring in fire safety this coming year:

  • Smoke alarms can wake you up if there’s a fire. Make sure your home is
    protected by working smoke alarms. “Half of all home fire deaths
    happen at night, when people are sleeping,” says USFA. “So install a
    smoke alarm on every level of your home, in every bedroom, outside all
    sleeping areas and in the basement.” Make sure everyone in your home
    knows how to get outside and where to meet if the smoke alarm sounds.
    Interconnected smoke alarms provide the best protection because when
    one sounds, they all sound.
  • A smoke alarm with a dead battery is the same as having no smoke
    alarm. Resolve to test all of your smoke alarms to make sure they are
    working. Replace your smoke alarms when they’re 10 years old, or if
    they don’t beep when you test them.
  • Cooking is the main cause of home fires and home fire injuries. While
    you’re preparing meals, remember to make safety the first ingredient.
    Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures. Fires
    start when the heat gets too high. If you see any smoke or grease
    starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  • If you have children living in your home or visiting look for fire and
    burn dangers from their point of view. Never leave lighters or matches
    where children can reach them. “Keep smoking materials locked up in a
    high place,” says USFA. Children may try to imitate your actions.
    “Never play with lighters or matches when you’re with children.”

For additional fire safety information, visit USFA online at
Follow USFA on social media; @usfire and


For U.S. Fire Administration
Chad Villarroel, 904-346-1977