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More than 4,000 American die each year in fires and approximately 20,000 are
injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only had the information
they needed to avoid a disaster. The U.S. Fire Administration offers the
following life-saving tips that could make a big difference for and you and your

For these simple fire safety tips can increase your survival rate dramatically.

  • For increased protection, USFA recommends installing both ionization (detects fast-burning fires) and photoelectric (detects slow, smoldering fires), or dual sensor smoke alarms in the home per manufacturers’ installation and applicable codes. Install smoke alarms in each bedroom.
  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignitables in a secured drawer or cabinet out of the reach of children.
  • Teach your children to tell you when they find matches and lighters.
  • Always dress children in pajamas that meet federal flammability standards. Avoid dressing children for sleep in loose-fitting, 100 percent cotton garments, such as oversized T-shirts.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters, but to get out quickly and call for help from another location.
  • Show children how to crawl low on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the house and stay out.
  • Demonstrate how to stop, drop on the ground and roll if clothes catch fire.
  • Develop and practice a home escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. Get out and stay out.
  • Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarm.
  • Replace mattresses made prior to the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burnt matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.
  • For more fire safety information for young children visit  


Did you know?
  • Eighty-two percent of all fire deaths occur in the home.
  • Each year about 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed in fires attributed to children playing with fire.
  • Deaths due to fires caused by children playing with fire are particularly preventable.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire nearly one-half.
  • Visit for more information on fire safety for babies and toddlers. Contact your local fire department to learn how you can help prevent fires and fire death by calling a non-emergency number or the U.S. Fire Administration at (800) 238-3358 or visit or

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