In 2021, over 350,000 residential building fires amounted to over $8.8 billion in losses
in the U.S.* A fire in your home can lead to devastating loss – not just financially, but
irreplaceable sentimental items can be lost, too. Luckily, there are several steps you can
take to mitigate your residential fire risk.
• Test smoke detectors to ensure they’re working properly.
• Change smoke detector batteries every six months.
• Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
• Clean dryer vents every six to 12 months.
• Clean lint traps before every use.
• If you smoke, never smoke inside
• Never smoke where oxygen is being used.
• Keep matches and lighters out of
• Do not ash cigarettes or cigars near decks,
siding or mulch.
• Install an electrical monitoring device to
help prevent electrical fires.
• Do not overload outlets or power strips.
• Do not use electrical cords with visible
signs of wear or overuse.
*According to the U.S. Fire Administration.