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Four out of every five U.S. fire deaths occur at home

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Fire Prevention Week: October 7-13, 2018

You are more likely to die in a home fire today than ten years ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: ”Look, Listen, Learn.  Be aware – fire can happen anywhere”.

Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and prepare in the event of one:

    Protect yourself from fire: look, listen, learnLook for places fire can start

    Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm

    Learn two ways out of each room

“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, National Fire Prevention Association vice president. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference.”  

Four out of every five U.S. fire deaths occur at home. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1,000 reported home fires) was 10% higher in 2016 than 1980. “These statistics show that there is still much more work to do when it comes to teaching people how to protect themselves in the event of a fire, and why advanced planning is so critically important,” said Carli.  

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