8 out of 10 Fire-Related Deaths Take Place in the Home

By Cassie Sparks, KDHE
October 13, 2016

Home Fire Drill Day on Saturday, October 15 encourages parents to create fire escape plan for home.

Home fires have proven to be one of the largest disaster threats facing American families today, resulting more than 8 in 10 fire-related deaths. To raise awareness about this issue and encourage families to be prepared, Safe Kids Kansas and the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be joining Safe Kids Worldwide, Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program and other experts for Home Fire Drill Day on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in coordination with National Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15).

“We practice fire drills at work and children practice at school, but many families don’t practice fire drills at home. Creating a home fire escape plan with your family and practicing it is a smart thing for every family to do,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “In the event of an emergency, a child could feel overwhelmed or scared. Practicing on Home Fire Drill Day can help teach your children what to do in case of a home fire.”

This marks the first time that these organizations from the public and private sector are collaborating on this single, life-saving call to action. The group of partners are also working together to share simple tips and tools for families to use on this new observance day. Home Fire Drill Day tips include:

Take the pledge and design your home escape plan at 


Pick a family safety spot outside that’s near your home and a safe distance away.

Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home and one in each bedroom. 

Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like.

For children under six, assign an adult to help them.

Use a timer to ensure everyone can get out to the safety spot in two minutes or less. This is how much time a family has to safely exit the house in the event of a real home fire. 

Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home.  Make sure you identify two exits out of each room.

For more information on Home Fire Drill Day, visit 


and be sure to download the app, ‘Make Safe Happen Home Safety’.


About Safe Kids Kansas 

Safe Kids Kansas works to prevent childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Coalition members include over 70 statewide organizations, agencies and businesses and a network of local coalitions across the state. 

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About Make Safe Happen®

Make Safe Happen is a program dedicated to reducing accidental injury – the leading cause of death among children. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly nine million children are treated at emergency rooms across the country and more than 9,000 children die each year due to accidental injuries. Protecting child safety and wellbeing for more than 60 years, Nationwide launched Make Safe Happen in 2015 to empower parents, caregivers and children with tools and resources to make homes safer. Together with its Advisory Council, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Worldwide, Make Safe Happen is committed to inspiring one million safety actions by the end of 2016 with the hope of reducing childhood accidental injury and death. To learn more and take action, visit