Below are facts provided by the NFPA:
Home fires killed 2,735 people in the United States in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and fire departments in the United States responded to 352,000 home fires;
The majority of U.S. fire deaths (4 out of 5) occur at home each year; and the fire death rate per 1000 home fires reported to U.S. fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
County residents are urged to:
Identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards; Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home; Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm and when it sounds respond by going outside immediately to the designated meeting place; and
Plan and practice a home fire escape plan.
NFPA guidance is attached to assist in smoke alarm placement and home fire escape plans.
Home Fire Safety