Fire Safety Information

Fires are deadly. But prevention and preparedness can save lives. Familiarize yourself with the following facts and tips, courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association -- you never know when it will prove handy or even save a life!

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It's important to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home or dwelling. What's just as important? Ensuring they work by testing them monthly and changing the batteries at least once a year, and ideally twice a year (such as when you change your clocks: spring forward and fall back). Also, be aware of the manufacture date of your detectors; smoke detectors should be replaced at least every 10 years. For carbon monoxide detectors, replacement is suggested every five to seven years (refer to your manufacturer's recommendations, too).

For facts and information about where to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, please click the following links (or on the images, at right):

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The Sounds of Safety

Name that chirp! Did you know that a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector have a distinctive pattern? Check out this short video from the U.S. Fire Administration to learn the difference.

Facts About Fire

When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than two minutes to get everyone safely outside. Check out these safety facts from the U.S. Fire Administration.

  1. COMMON FIRE HAZARDS
  2. Home Fires
  3. Prevention 
  4. Cooking
  5. Smoking
  6. Electrical Appliances
  7. Portable Space Heaters
  8. Fireplaces & Wood-Burning Stoves

No one EVER expects a fire to happen to them.

Yet, in 2021 alone, according to U.S. Fire Administration data, there were:

  • 353,500 residential fires
  • 2,840 residential home fire deaths
  • 11,400 injuries from those fires
  • Billions of dollars in losses

Click on each of the common areas of fire hazards (at left) to learn what you can do to reduce your risk.