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Home Fire Safety

People often underestimate the power of fire and many will suffer deadly consequences as a result. We would like to remind you of these simple facts about fire:

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms

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Home Fire Safety Checklist

Home Fire Safety Checklist

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Home Escape Planning

Home Evacuation Plan

Fire is Fast

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.

Fire is Hot

A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.

Fire is Dark

Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.

Fire is Deadly

Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.

Home Fire Sprinklers

Currently, more than 3,000 people die in fires in the United States each year, and 84% of these deaths occur in residential homes. Not only does the risk of dying in a fire decrease by about 80% when fire sprinklers are present, sprinklers provide significant property protection, reducing the average loss by 71% per fire (information from the National Fire Protection Association).

Here are some simple tips to keeping your residential fire sprinkler system functioning.


  1. Test your system every six months. (If your system is monitored by a fire service company, be sure to notify them before testing the system.)
  2. Know the location of the system shutoff valve.
    The system shutoff valve in most cases may be the water meter that controls the domestic water.
  3. Make certain system valve is open at all times.
  4. In some homes there will be a decorative cover plate that is designed to conceal the sprinkler head. Check to see if the cover plate is in place.
  5. Prior to remodeling your home contact a licensed fire sprinkler contractor.
  6. Contact your local fire department when any activation occurs. Dial 911.


  1. Don’t paint over the sprinkler heads or decorative cover plate. The added paint will absorb heat and can delay the operation of the sprinkler heads.
  2. Don’t damage the sprinkler heads. Damaged sprinkler heads may not activate in the event of a fire.
  3. Don’t hang objects from the sprinklers heads (i.e., plants holders, decorations, clothes hangers).
  4. Don’t obstruct the sprinkler heads.
  5. Don’t cover the sprinkler heads.
  6. Don’t remove the sprinkler heads.
  7. Don’t turn off or disconnect the fire sprinkler system.
  8. Don’t shutoff the fire sprinkler system in the event of a fire.

In the event of a fire:

  • Be calm and leave your home immediately. 
  • Dial 911 from a neighbor’s house.

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