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The United States has one of the highest fire death and injury rates in the world. Fire, in the form of flames and smoke, is the second leading cause of accidental death in the home. Fire experts agree that a key to fewer fires is a greater awareness of how accidents can be prevented.

Sources of Fire

Supplemental Home Heating The use of supplemental room heaters, such as wood and coal burning stoves, kerosene heaters, gas space heaters and electrical heaters can be a source of fire in your home, if used improperly.

Wood Stoves Recommendations

Kerosene Heaters Recommendations

Portable Electric Heaters Recommendations

Cooking Equipment Recommendations

Cigarette Lighters and Matches

Each year, more than 200 deaths are associated with fires started by cigarette lighters. About two thirds of these result from children playing with lighters. Most of the victims are under five years old.


Materials That Burn

Your home is filled with materials and products that will burn if ignited. Upholstered furniture, clothing, drapery fabrics, and liquids, such as gasoline and volatile solvents are involved in many injury-causing fires each year. Most of these fires could be prevented.


Early Warning and Escape

Many fire deaths and fire injuries are actually caused by smoke and gasses. Victims inhale smoke and poisonous gasses that rise ahead of the flames. Survival depends on being warned as early as possible and having an escape plan.


Escape Plan

Planning ahead, rehearsing, thinking, and acting clearly are keys to surviving a fire. How prepared are you?