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Fire doesn’t discriminate—it can strike anytime, anywhere, and can devastate lives and property in a matter of minutes. The most common causes for home fires are cooking, home heating equipment, and smoking.  U.S. fire departments respond to an average of one home fire every 86 seconds. During the month of October, people of all ages are encouraged to learn more about fire safety and take proactive steps to help reduce fire risks at home.

Why is fire safety so important?

More than 43 lives were lost in New Jersey due to home fires since January 1, 2018. This number surpassed the 2017 figure and includes children, teens, adults, and seniors. Many pets were also lost. The saddest fact is that none of these homes had fire sprinklers installed. Fire sprinklers have been proven to reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 80 percent and reduce property loss by 70 percent.

What can you do to protect your family and keep your home more fire safe?

Take a few minutes to review the tips, information, and resources below and then incorporate them into your own fire prevention routine.

The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status in order to keep everyone safe.

Every year, nearly 350,000 home fires occur. The 2018 campaign features a new friend named Simon who is helping Sparky the Fire Dog spread the word about this year’s theme “Look. Listen. Learn.” These three steps help reduce the likelihood of having a fire and explains how to escape safely if one occurs.  

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

NFPA

1

Fire Sprinklers Save Lives and Property. Fire Sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying
in a fire by 80%

2

Property damage is reduced
by 70% when sprinklers
are present

3

Home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive

4

The average cost of installing sprinklers in a new home is only $1.35 per sprinklered square foot (People often pay more per foot for granite countertops)

5 Big Fire Facts

1

Most home fires occur
between 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.

2

Only 1/3 of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

3

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries.

4

Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting
the risk of dying in home fires in half.

5

Fire may spread more quickly in newer homes that have larger open spaces, are built with lightweight construction materials, and contain furniture stuffed with combustible materials.

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