Fire & Life Safety

House on Fire?, Get Out, Call 911 From The Outside, Remain near your mailbox, if safe to, and advise the Fire Department if everyone is out.



  • A fire department responds to some sort of fire every 20 seconds.
  • A structure fire occurs every 62 seconds.
  • A home structure fire occurs every 83 seconds
  • A civilian fire injury occurs every 29 minutes.
  • A civilian fire death occurs every 2 hours and 23 minutes.
  • An outside fire occurs every 39 seconds.
  • A vehicle fire occurs every 109 seconds.

Given the facts, when you break it down, somewhere in the United States a building is burning and people are being injured or killed consistently throughout the day, everyday.  From the time you arrive at work till the time you leave, 5-6 homes will have burned and 3-4 people will have been killed due to fire.  Don't become a statistic, please use the information provided below to help keep you, your family, and your home safe from fire. Click Here For A Fact Sheet On The Nature Of Fire


For The Kids

STOP, DROP, And ROLL If Your Clothes Catch Fire...

If your clothes catch fire, remain calm, don't run, stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face, and roll back and forth till the fire is out. 

Matches And Lighters Are Not Toys, Do Not Play With Them...

You should not play with any type of fire no matter what.  If you find matches or a lighter give it to a grown-up immediatley. 

Crawl Low And Fast Under The Smoke...

If your inside of your house and a fire starts, you need to get out fast.  Avoid areas that are smoke filled if you can.  If you have to crawl under smoke, get on your hands and knees, stay as close to the floor as you can, and crawl fast. 

Know How To Escape Your House...

Ask your parents to make and practice a fire escape plan with you.  You should learn two ways out of every room in your house. 

Check The Door For Heat Before You Crawl Through It...

If your in a room and hear your smoke detectors beeping, it means there is a fire.  Before you crawl into the hallway, place the back of you hand against the door.  If it is hot, use another way out.

Cool A Burn With Water, Tell A Grown-Up About It...

If you happened to burn yourself, immediatley tell a grown-up about it and run cold water over it.

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 In The Home

  • 82% of all civilian fire deaths are a result of home structure fires.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
  • Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires and civilian home fire injuries.
  • 6% of home fires start in the living room, family room, or den.
  • 12% of reported home fires start in the bedroom.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
  • January is the peak month for home structure fires and home fire deaths.
  • 74% of reported home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working Together For Home Fire Safety

Install a Smoke Detector on every level of your house...        

As listed above, 74% of home fire deaths were a result of a a fire in a home with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  Smoke detectors provide an early warning of fire, even while you sleep.  Ideally, one smoke detector should be placed within every room of your house.  They should be tested and batteries replaced at least twice a year, once at each daylight savings time.   Current technology has developed a 10-year smoke alarm.  These smoke detectors are guaranteed and they do not require the battery to be replaced for ten years, however they still should be tested at the times listed before if not more.  Click Here For Additional Information on Smoke Detectors 

Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector on Each Floor...

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a silent killer.  It cannot be seen or smelled.  CO is a by-product of burning fuel.  Any faulty heating or cooking device can be a source of it.  Gas grills should not be used indoors.  In addition, using gas powered equipment such as generators and leaving your vehicle run in your garage can quickly produce a lethal level of CO.  Please visit the following links for additional information regrding Carbon Monoxide hazards and safety: Exposing An Invisible Killer and Portable Generator Hazards

Make a Fire Escape Plan and practice it...Escape grid

If a fire occurs in your home the first thing to do is GET OUT.  There is no time to take valuables with you.  You and your family need to get out.  The rooms and hallways will fill with smoke and heat quickly and you will not be able to see.  To be able to exit your house efficiently in these conditions you and your family need to create and practice, regularly, a Fire Escape Plan.  Once everyone is out at a safe designated meeting point, call the 911.  Browse the topics below for information to assist you in your escape planning.

Be cautious while cooking...

Cooking fires are the number one cause of residential structure fires.  You should maintain awareness during food preparation whether you are using a stove, oven, microwave, or other heating appliance.  Any material that could catch fire should be moved away from the area.   A fire extinguisher should be available to quickly extinguish any fire that erupts.  In addition to being able to ignite a fire, there is a risk of injury to children who may, through curiosity, inadvertently overturn pots or pans of scolding material.  Cooking Fire Safety

Smoke Safely and definitely NOT in bed...

Fires due to careless smoking should be the easiest to prevent since they are primarily caused by human error.  You should make it a point to do any smoking outside of your home.  Do not smoke in bed and take care with discarding smoking material.  Smoking and Fire Safety

Don't overload your circuits and look out for worn electrical cords...

Overloaded electrical outlets could easily build up enough heat to ignite the surrounding materials.  Overused and worn electrical cords could cause an arc that could do the same.  Do not overload your circuits, maintain your circuit breakers, and routinely check your electrical cords.  On The Safety Circuit

Watch where you place your candles, Remember to blow them out...

Candles can be pleasant for aroma therapy, but when they are too close to combustibles such as curtains or are left unattended, they could quickly become disastrous.  Make sure you clear the area around a candle and remember to blow them out when your not around.  US Home Candle Fires

Give space around your heating sources...

Any heating source automatically has the potential to cause a fire since a fuel is actively burning to provide heat for your home.  The major cause of fires due to heating sources is combustible materials stored too close to them.  Items should not be placed within at least 36 inches of a heating source. 

Clean your dryers lint trap...

Lint backed up in your dryer's lint trap can cause enough heat to build up and ignite the contents.  Periodically clean the trap.

Avoid using flammable liquids around your hot water tank and heating sources...

Using flammable liquids near your hot water tank or furnace can create an explosive situation.  Fumes from flammable liquids travel quickly and can make their way to the pilot light.

Equip your home with a Residential Fire Sprinkler...

Residential fire sprinklers are a fairly new concept.  Just as in an office building or store, fire sprinklers stand ready to extinguish a fire in its smallest state.  They are like having a firefighter in your home twenty-four hours a day.  They can be installed in new construction and even retrofitted into your current home.  Please visit the following links for additional information.

Outside The Home

Make fire hydrants visible...

Fire Hydrants are an integral part when it comes to fighting fires.  If you have a fire hydrant near your home, keep the area around it free of obstructions so we can easily spot it.

Don't burn close to brush or on windy days...

When burning debris or enjoying a camp fire, make sure there is enough room between it and nearby brush.  Be aware when high winds are forcasted and make sure to have a hoseline or bucket of water available.  Small outside fires can quickly escalate to large wildland fires and possibly endanger homes and wildlife.  Remember, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!  Visit Smokey Bears Website for more on wildfires.

Install an Address Marker near the end of your driveway...

With the diverse geography of our community, many houses may be positioned well away from view of the main roadway.  Even houses that are on neighborhood streets can be difficult to find if the house number is not visible.  To help us locate your home, you should have your house number posted within view of the main roadway that your house is addressed to.  You can obtain a house marker that is compliant with the Derry Township Ordinance by visiting the Address Marker Page on the left menu of this website. 

For People with Disabilities

In addition to making your house safe, there are special considerations when in comes to escape planning for people with disabilities. The Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide For People with Disabilities can help to provide a safe escape from fire. 

For Older Adults

People over the age of 65 are at the highest risk of dying in a fire.  If you are over the age of 65 or know someone who is review the following material.


Although there is a constant risk of fire anytime of year, the type and severity of certain types can change during different seasons.  Live Christmas Trees, when not properly watered, can become devastating if ignited.  Fireworks can destroy property as well as injure and kill.  These are only two examples of how different seasons can bring increased fire hazards. 


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