According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, more than 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States. These fires caused more than 3,000 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries, and $11.7 billion in property damage.

Although it is impossible to ensure that your residence is completely protected from a fire, many fires are preventable. There are common fire safety measures that can help decrease the chance of a fire occurring in your home. If a fire should occur, early detection is vital in saving lives. Remember, it doesn’t take raging flames and extreme heat to kill or injure. Smoke from slow moving or smoldering fires is just as deadly. Smoke alarms can jolt you and your family awake at night, and help provide additional time that is critical to escape even when the family is not asleep. The following preparedness tips can allow your family to react quickly in case of a fire emergency:

The following safety tips can help your family better plan, prepare and prevent fires from occurring: