Every second counts when a fire starts in a home or business. Do you have an escape plan for the places you spend your time each day and overnight?


Home smoke alarms can save lives if properly installed and maintained. Large homes need extra smoke alarms to cover all areas. If you live in an apartment building, locate the smoke alarms in the hallways and report to your landlord if the batteries are missing or if the alarm makes an occasional beeping sound. The beeping indicates the battery needs to be changed.


If a fire starts in your home, it’s important that you already know how you will get out quickly. Older adults may need to revise their escape plans because of reduced mobility. According to the National Fire Protection Association, persons over age 65 are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires. If you have young children or older family members, it’s especially important to practice a home fire drill. Your practice must include teaching children how to escape on their own in case an adult isn’t able to help them.


If you smell smoke or see flames, get out and call 911 from another location.