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Fires and burns are the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and younger. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, an average of 462 children ages 14 and younger have died from residential fires each year since 1999.
Home fires account for 84 percent of all fire-related fatalities. Children younger than 5 years old are at the greatest risk from home fire death and injury. In most cases when a child younger than 5 dies from a residential fire, a smoke alarm is not working or not present.
The following are some fire safety tips to help make your home safe and protect your family from fires:
Fire safety products are available to purchase through CHOP's Safety Center.
In the event of a fire, it is important to get out of the house, fast! However, small children can become frightened, disoriented or react inappropriately when a fire occurs. By developing a family escape plan together, and practicing it repeatedly, children will have a better chance of escaping a fire unhurt and alive.
A good family escape plan should include the following:
Special note: Never go back inside a burning house for any reason!
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Our Fire Safety brochure is available for download in multiple languages: