An Introduction to Home Fire Safety

This website was designed to help save homes and lives.

Every 12 minutes someone is injured in a residential fire; every 162 minutes someone dies; the loss measured in dollars reaches nearly 7 billion. These numbers from the American Red Cross define the devastation caused by the 412,500 home fires in 2006 alone.

While local news film shows people’s homes and lives being reduced to embers, reporters rarely explain the “why” of the story. What caused that first spark and how was it allowed to turn into that dramatic footage?

The simple truth: most home fires are preventable. Smoke alarms radically reduce the incidents of injury and death, but you have to check the batteries and replace them annually. Residential sprinkler systems can douse flames before property damage escalates into a three-alarm fire.

Just a little common sense can keep those small flames from even starting. The real “why” of home fires may lie in the fact that common sense, in the context of our hectic lives, may not be all that common.

You’re fixing dinning or working in the garage while children demand attention, dogs bark, phones ring, the next chore nags at your brain and common sense takes a nap.

We’ve divided this site into home, fire safety and wildland fire issues. The first focuses on prevention while the second includes information to help homeowners reduce their vulnerability in a fire they can neither prevent nor control.

Consider this site a refresher course on the facts of fire safety. The more you understand the danger zones and the simple lapses that cause fires, the less likely you, your family and your home will ever be incorporated into those statistics.