Fire Safety for Your Family

Tips to ensure your family is safe in the event of a house fire.

| October 1, 2012

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    Change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks for daylight saving time so you’ll be prepared in case of a house fire.
    Courtesy Energizer

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No one likes to think about bad things happening to their home or family. But things like home fires do happen, and more often than you might think.

Home fires kill an average of seven people every day, and they cause billions of dollars in property damage. “We know fire safety is important to families,” said Michelle Atkinson, Vice President of Marketing for Energizer North America. “Energizer is proud to partner with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and 6,400 fire departments around the country in their long-standing commitment to spreading the lifesaving message of fire safety and preparedness with tips like these.”

Here are some easy steps you and your family can take to protect your home and each other, and to understand the basics of fire safety.

Your Best Defense 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms are your best chance for escaping a home fire. They can alert you to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether you’re awake or asleep.

  • 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. are the peak alarm times for home fire deaths, as this is when people tend to be asleep and the house is likely to be dark.
  • On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire.

The NFPA says that in the U.S., almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with inoperable smoke alarms or no smoke alarms. In reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate:

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