In 2010, there were an estimated 369,500 reported home structure fires and 2,640 associated civilian deaths in the United States.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
Facts and figures
Only one-fifth to one-fourth of households (23%) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.
One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your household.
Practice the plan night and day with everyone in your home twice a year.
Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.