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Fire Safety Quiz: Is Your Household Ready?

Home Fire Safety
Test your home fire safety knowledge

Are you a fire safety expert, or is it time for a fire safety review? Test your knowledge as part of the new American Red Cross initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% over the next five years.

Even if you have fire safety tips and tricks down pat, what about your extended family, friends and neighbors? Have them take the quiz below, and let them know the Red Cross is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

How much do you know about smoke alarms and escaping your home safely? (Or take the interactive version of the quiz)

1. When should you remove batteries from a smoke alarm?
a. When dinner is burning and it goes off.
b. When it makes annoying chirping noises.
c. Never, unless it’s time to change the batteries.

2. Smoke alarms should be replaced after how many years of use?
a. 5
b. 10
c. Trick question, smoke alarms are good for life!

3. Smoke alarms should be placed…
a. On every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
b. Just one somewhere one every floor.
c. Just one by your cooking area.

4. How often should you test your smoke alarms?
a. Every month.
b. Every six months.
c. Every year.

5. How often should you change your smoke alarm batteries?
a. Every 6 months (unless it has a long-life battery)
b. Every year (unless it has a long-life battery)
c. Every 5 years (unless it has a long-life battery)

6. What’s one thing you should practice during your home fire escape plan?
a. Everyone should know a good hiding place in your home if they get scared during a fire.
b. Everyone should identify their top 10 things to grab before exiting a home during a fire.
c. Everyone in your household should know two ways to escape from each room in your home during a fire.

7. To escape a home fire safely, you have as little as?
a. 2 minutes
b. 5 minutes
c. 10 minutes

8. How often should you and your family practice your home fire drill?
a. Just once should be fine.
b. Twice a year.
c. Once every two years.

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About the American Red Cross:
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