Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips
Fire is one of the most disastrous and life-threatening things that can happen to a home. In 2021, U.S. fire departments responded to 361,000 home fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. These resulted in:
- 2,880 fatalities
- 11,500 injuries
- Nearly $9 billion in property loss
According to Ready.gov, a small flame can develop into a major fire in less than 30 seconds. In just two minutes, a fire can become deadly. In less than five minutes, an entire house can become engulfed in flames. You can prevent fires in your home by following these safety tips.
Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, with many starting because of poorly maintained furnaces, wood stoves or chimneys. Pay attention to your heating systems to help ensure home fire safety.
Once a year, have your fireplace and chimney or wood stove professionally inspected and cleaned. Also have a professional check your furnace to make sure the parts aren’t cracked or rusted.
Never use a stove range or oven to heat your home.