A house fire can become life-threatening within two minutes, so there may be no time to try and gather personal items. In five minutes, a home can be fully engulfed in flames. Smoke alarms, with charged batteries, and having planned escape routes that all family members know are important life-saving measures.
Fire Safety Resources
Are You Ready? Citizen Preparedness - Fires - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Home Fire Safety - American Red CrossFire Prevention Information - U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
University of Florida: The Disaster HandbookResidential and Farm Fires Agricultural Chemical Fires
Fire safety educational activities for children - NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC)
As more people choose to build homes on hillsides, in heavily wooded areas and on prairies, the potential to be exposed to a wildfire increases. Wildfires are most often the result of a lightning strike or an accident but they spread quickly in areas heavy with vegetation. The smoke which is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and plants, can be very hazardous in a wildfire to people with chronic heart or lung conditions.
Wildfire Information Network - eXtension resource
Protecting your family and pets from wildfires - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Firewise Communities Program is a resource for agencies, organizations, Native American tribes, and communities in the U.S. who are working toward the reduction of lives and property caused by wildland fires.
After the Fire, Returning to Normal - USFA