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Nine Things You Should Know About Home Fires


  1. Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined.
  2. Cooking fires and heating fires are the leading causes..
  3. A working smoke alarm reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
  4. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
  5. Test smoke alarms monthly. Replace batteries yearly. Keep them clean by vacuuming over and around them regularly.
  6. Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
  7. You have about 2 minutes to escape a burning house.
  8. An escape plan, and knowing how to act, saves valuable time in the event of a fire.
  9. Learn more at www.redcross.org/homefires