Fire Safety and Smoke Alarms

Fire Safety is important year round, but as the temperatures begin to cool, the risk for residential fires will rise. Fire Safety Week is October 4th -10th this year, and we’ll be sharing several tips and suggestions to spark discussions about fire safety in your home. And fire safety isn’t just for homeowners – renters also face the risk of losing everything in a fire, and should be prepared as well.

Smoke detectors play an integral role in keeping you and your family safe. Did you know, according to the National Fire Protection Association, that:

  • Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
  • The risk of dying in reported home structure fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
  • Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries

Smoke alarms are needed by every bedroom and at least one on each floor, and larger homes may require more.

Smoke Alarm Placement

Suggested Smoke Alarm Placement


Take a few moments to review the Fire Safety Checklist provided by the US Fire Administration.  

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Hear the Beep When You Sleep from FEMA and shows the importance of having working alarms near each sleeping area, and what to do if there is a fire.  

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Make fire safety a family event. Have your children help map out escape routes and then practice with them. Allow them help test the smoke detectors, and practice stop drop and roll. And because prevention is the first line of defense – review basic fire safety and prevention with them, such as never playing with matches or lighters. Allowing them to help and be involved will teach them from an early age that Fire Safety is important. We’ll continue to share helpful fire safety tips and fun activities that can help get the whole family involved for Fire Safety Week in October. In the meantime, you can find out more about smoke alarms and practicing fire safety here.

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