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10 Fire Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

Its Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12 and as luck would have it my daughter was invited to a birthday party at the firehouse this past weekend, so I got a chance to learn about the importance of fire safety and prevention.

Here are 10 Fire Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life
  1. TEACH the kids the importance of fire safety, according to USFA children make up 15% to 20% of all fire deaths
  2. CREATE an escape plan in case of fire and make sure everyone is fully aware of what the plan is. If possible do a trial run every couple of months. While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it – Source: NFPA
  3. SELECT a designated meeting place outside of the house in case there is a fire, preferable a few feet away from the house – maybe by the tree, at the end of the driveway, at the mailbox, or even the neighbors house
  4. INSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement
  5. KEEP the door closed while sleeping, by closing your bedroom door it keeps the smoke out if there is a fire
  6. TOUR your local firehouse with the kids and let them meet a fireman up-close preferably while in full gear – face mask and all. Explain to the kids that a fireman might come into the house to help while in full gear and its okay, they shouldn’t be sacred, run or hide he or she is there to help
  7. BE ALERT especially when cooking, it might seem obvious but  accordingly to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause of home fires is unattended cooking
  8. KID-FREE ZONE – Have a “kid-free zone” of at  least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried
  9. GET OUT AND STAY OUT – If the smoke alarm goes off, get out of the house as quickly as possible and don’t ever go back
  10. SCHEDULE  a free safety assessment visit by calling your local fire department

For an extensive action plan visit National Fire Protection Association and don’t forget to involve the kids by checking out Fire Prevention Week with Sparky

U.S. Fire Administration public service announcement

How can you help?
  • Share these fire safety tips with friends, family and neighbors
  • Watch and share the video above
  • Join the “Fire Is Everyone’s Fight” campaign

 *“Fire is Everyone’s Fight” is a new national fire safety initiative that is bringing everyone together, to prevent home fires.

Do you have any additional fire safety tips?


Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!



  1. Katie

    October 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    excellent tips! Having an escape route is such a HUGE thing!
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  2. Anne - Mommy Has to Work

    October 10, 2013 at 6:49 am

    My daughter came home from school last week after having a fire safety drill at school and wanted to see our fire extinshers. We didn’t have any. So hubby went out and bought some. And we made our plan too!
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  3. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?

    October 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Great tips!

    The one that worries me is our smoke detector went off one night, and my kids didn’t even budge!
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  4. Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy

    October 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I grew up around police and fire men and I think the visiting the station and seeing them in gear is super important. they look SCARY in their gear if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Our local dept does relay races at their open house where the kids get to put on some of the gear, super fun and cute to watch
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  5. Meghan @JaMonkey

    October 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    We need to get on the ball about teaching these tips! Bad Mommy

  6. Angela

    October 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Great advice! I make sure our smoke detectors are working, but I think a family fire drill is in order.
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  7. Rachel

    October 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Great tips. We moved in May and we haven’t talked about a new meeting place or even our route to get out. Thanks for the reminder.
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  8. Jennifer H

    October 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

    This is great tips and a great reminder to get an action plan for the family.
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  9. Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving

    October 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I need to start working on this with my son and thanks so much for the tips.
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  10. Anne

    October 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Great tips, it is so important to talk to your kids about what to do in case of a fire.
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  11. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    October 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Such great tips! Being prepared is always the smartest thing to do to keep you ready!
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  12. Kait

    October 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Great tips — especially with little ones in the family it is important they know what to do in case of a fire!! One of my biggest fears!
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  13. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity

    October 14, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Two of my kids require prescription meds to sleep at night and they would just sleep right through the smoke detector going off even though it is right outside their door and that is worrisome.
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  14. LyndaS

    October 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I had my dryer vent cleaned out a little over a month ago. There was a ton of lint in it. Crazy builder has the vent go out the roof! Never again will I buy a house that has a dryer vent going out of the roof.
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  15. Stephanie from GrinningLikeAnIdiot.com

    October 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I didn’t know you could schedule a review with the fire department, good to know!!
    thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie from GrinningLikeAnIdiot.com
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