In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,650 deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. "A residential structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010," said Lt. Paula Thompson, Lieutenant/PIO of the Seminole County Fire Department. "Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize," added Thompson.
Seminole County Fire Department urges residents to have a tried and true escape plan with two ways out to ensure your family's safety should a fire break out in your home. Seminole County Fire Department recommends the following tips for planning your family's escape.
• Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.