Home fires kill as many as 7 people a day in the U.S. There are a few things you can do to help prevent a house fire:

1. Place smoke detectors on every level of the home, including inside & outside bedrooms.

2. Test smoke detectors monthly & change the batteries annually.

3. Create an escape plan to include at least 2 ways to escape. Select a meeting spot that is a safe distance from the house where family members can meet & regroup. Distance the escape plan with everyone in the household & practice it at least twice a year.

4. Close the doors to the bedrooms before you go to sleep at night to help slow the speed of smoke, heat & fire in the event of a house fire. About 40 years ago a person had approximately 17 minutes to escape a house fire safely, today that number has dropped to less than 3 minutes! T he evolution of home furnishings, more open floor plan layouts & lightweight construction material allows fires to spread more rapidly. So close your bedroom doors before going to sleep!