The number of fire-related deaths has been steadily rising in the U.S. in recent years, and most of them happen at home, statistics show.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 2,720 people were killed in house fires in 2018. They make up 74% of the total number of fire-related deaths in the U.S., or 3,655.
The remaining 26% of fire-related deaths happened in vehicles or due to wildfires like the Camp Fire in California.
Protecting your home and family from a fire can be challenging at times, and the American Red Cross has some fire safety tips:
- Make sure there are workingsmoke alarms on every level of your home
- Inside bedrooms, outside of sleeping areas
- Test your smoke alarms every month to make sure they work
- Plan a fire escape plan with your family in case a fire breaks out
- Practice it twice a year
- If a fire starts in your home - get out, stay out, and call 911.
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