Important Facts

  • Most fire fatalities and injuries in the U.S. occur in the victim’s own home.
  • Two-thirds of all home-fire victims die of smoke inhalation, poisonous gases or lack of oxygen; not severe burns.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all residential fires and fire injuries.
  • Heating equipment is the second leading cause of residential fires.
  • More that 40% of fatal home cooking fires occur while the victims are asleep.
  • Careless use of smoking materials is the leading cause of residential fires that result in death.


  • Make sure your family has an escape plan. Contact the Fire Prevention office of your neighborhood fire station for more information on developing a plan.
  • Sleep with the bedroom door closed. Closed doors provide protection against heat and smoke.
  • Teach everyone in your household to recognize the sound of your smoke alarm.
  • Test doors before opening them. You can easily be overcome by heat, smoke or flames when you open a door to an area where a fire has spread.
  • Use windows as alternate exits.
  • Crawl low under smoke. During a fire, super-heated air and toxic gases fill the room from the top down. This leaves a “safety zone” of breathable air about 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
  • Call 9-1-1. Unless you are trapped inside, it’s too dangerous to call from a burning home.  Once you have escaped and reported to your meeting place, call 9-1-1 on a neighbor’s telephone.
  • If your clothes catch on fire: Stop, Drop and Roll!
  • Learn Not To Burn! Fire Smart Equals Fire Safe!!!
  • Fire destroys more property and claims more lives annually than any natural disaster. It is also the most preventable disaster.
  • Please help us reduce the senseless loss of property and lives in our community by making a conscious effort to maintain a home free of fire hazards. Share this information with relatives and friends. Remember that fire prevention begins with education.
  • Should you have any questions regarding fire safety or want more information on any of these topics, please call or Fire Prevention Division at 731.425.8347 or e-mail us at