Ways to protect your home from fire

It’s National Fire Prevention Week, and emergency responders nationwide are issuing reminders on how to stay safe and prevent fires in your home year-round.

According to American Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape.

Tips for fire safety include:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Remember to test your smoke alarms every month, and don’t forget to change the batteries!
  • Create a fire escape plan with your family. Red Cross suggests practicing the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, get out as soon as possible. Never go back inside for anyone or anything – instead, call for help.