Protecting Your Home from Fire

In 2009, 85% of fire deaths in the U.S. occurred in the home. When it comes to house fires, the most dangerous time occurs between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Over 50% of house fires resulting in death happened during these hours. Victims of house fires usually die of smoke inhalation or toxic gases, not burns. There should be a fire escape plan made ahead of time and a home fire drill at least twice a year.


Inside Safety


Don’t smoke in bed or when you are tired. Ashtrays should be large, and butts and ashes should be wet before throwing them in a trash can. Put a smoke alarm on every floor of the home and inside or near sleeping areas. Cooking areas should be clean and uncluttered, and never leave a cooking pan alone.

When using candles, don’t leave them burning while away. Keep them far from flammable materials, and use a non-flammable candleholder. Appliances need a three-foot combustible-free zone.


Outside Safety


Keeping the outside of your home safe is also important. Create an open space of about 30-100 feet around the house to lower the chances of home ignition from a wildfire. Prune trees so the lowest branches are no lower than 6-10 feet. Trees with oils, wax or resins should be removed from this area because they readily burn. These include:


• Ornamental junipers

• Young pine trees

• Holly trees

• Red Cedar trees


Housing Materials


Build your home with fire-resistant materials. Use Class A roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, metal slate or clay tile. Use tempered and double-pane glass for windows. Fire-resistant home construction materials should be used, such as brick, cement, plaster, stucco and concrete. Fire- resistant materials should also be used for home attachments, such as decks, porches and fences.


These tips will drastically reduce your risk of a home fire. Preparation and safety make a big difference when it comes to keeping your family safe.

With temperatures on the rise and drought in much of the U.S, the ground is a lot more drier than in recent years and we are seeing more and more fires blazing up across the U.S. Because of this, we decided that an infographic on fire safety in and around your home may be helpful. We hope you enjoy the infographic below. Thanks for sharing!

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