Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan that everyone understands can mean the difference between life and death. Fire can grow and spread through your home very quickly. It’s important that you be prepared to react as soon as the smoke alarm sounds.
Facts & 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.
- In 2004, there were an estimated 395,500 reported home structure fires and 3,190 associated civilian deaths in the United States.
- 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!
Source: Harris Interactive Survey, Fall 2004, conducted for NFPA (PDF, 759 KB), and NFPA’s Fire Loss in the United States During 2004 – Abridged report (PDF, 89 KB).
Develop Your Family’s Home Escape Plan
Get your family involved – have them help you create a Fire Escape Plan. Follow the link below for a printable that will help you create and practice your plan.
Smokey Bear – For Kids
Join Smokey for some forest and campfire fun, and, along the way, discover Smokey’s rules for forest fire safety and prevention to become a member of the Smokey Club!