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Boston Fire Museum

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Tips on Fire Safety

The Boston Fire Museum is committed to educating the public about fire safety. If you have any questions about how to prevent fires, please feel free to ask our staff.

One important thing you can do is to make sure there are smoke detectors installed in your home. Test them and replace the batteries regularly. Make sure you know the location of fire extinguishers, and get them tested and inspected regularly as well.

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
Heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities.

In 2015, 1,345,500 fires were reported in the U.S.
There were 3,280 civilian fire deaths and 15,700 injuries.
Fires caused $14.3 billion in property damage.
A fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds.
Older adults, people with disabilities, and people in rural areas are at increased risk of death or injury by fire.

The National Fire Prevention Agency is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. This information was taken from the vast array of fire safety information on their website. You can visit their site to learn more.