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Looking for a New Home? Pay Attention to These Fire Safety Tips

Home Fire Campaign 2016

Looking for a new place to live? Here are three types of fire safety tips to keep in mind during your search.

Tip #1: Smoke Alarms

  • Make sure that there are smoke alarms on all levels of the home (inside every bedroom, near your kitchen, and outside sleeping areas).
    • (For new build homes, The National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires hard-wired, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up on every level of the home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Alarms must be wired together so that if one sounds, they all sound.)
  • Ask how recently the smoke alarms were replaced. If it has been more than 10 years, they need to be changed. New batteries should be put in at least once a year – if your model requires it.

Tip #2: Heating SystemsHome Fire Escape Plan drawing

  • Make sure that the heating system in the home does not include any space heaters in small enclosed spaces.
  • Check when heating systems have been inspected to ensure that air ducts allow the heat to escape outdoors safely.

Tip #3: Fire Escape Plan

  • Think about fire escape plans when looking at a home and make sure that you can get outside safely in the case of an emergency (every room should have at least two ways to escape).
  • If you are looking at an apartment, ask to see the building’s fire escape route and know the locations of all available exit stairwells.

Want more info to help prepare for home fires? Check out our Emergency App , our Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App for children, and our Pet Fire Safety Guide.

BONUS: Want to test your skills? Take our home fire safety quiz!


About the Home Fire Campaign

The Home Fire Campaign is made possible through the generosity of hundreds of local partner organizations and volunteers, along with corporate partners Fred Meyer, Kidde, Motorola Solutions Foundation and Nationwide. As of August 31, the Red Cross and 3,600 partners have reached more than 591,000 people through home visits in 7,300 cities and towns all across the country. The Red Cross has also reached more than 581,000 youth through fire safety and preparedness programs. To date, the campaign is credited with saving more than 110 lives.

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  1. I like that you talked about making sure you have a good fire alarm system. Many people don’t understand the importance of having a properly working fire alarm. However, it could mean the difference between life and death. Are there particular alarm systems that work better than others?