Reports by the Center for Disease Control show the leading causes of house fires are cooking, heating equipment and electrical problems. More than 60% of the reported home fires occur in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. Fifty percent of fatal injuries caused by house fires are to preschool children and adults over 65.
Check furnace and fireplace flues with each seasonal change. Clean chimneys at least once a year.
Put fire extinguishers in all areas with open flames.
Install working smoke detectors on each floor, outside all bedrooms and in the basement. Test smoke detectors frequently. Change the batteries every six months with the change in daylight savings time.