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Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are at the greatest risk. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while heating equipment and smoking are the leading causes of home fire deaths.
Hoosiers can help reduce the risk by developing a fire escape plan, properly installing smoke alarms and being aware of fire risks around them.
When it comes to escaping fires, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts. It's important to have fire escape plans and to regularly practice those plans to help you get out of your home quickly. Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more likely to survive a fire.
Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will give families the most of the few minutes they have to react to a fire. Working smoke alarms can double the chance of surviving a residence fire.
There are two basic types of smoke alarms: Ionization and Photoelectric