Home fires happen. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 358,500 homes experience a structural fire each year. It can take just 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major blaze. When functioning properly, residential fire sprinklers control fires 96% of the time, according to NFPA. In homes with sprinklers, people are 81% less likely to die and property damage is reduced by about 70%. Whether you have a fire sprinkler system or not, read on for our recommendations on keeping you and your family safe.

If a fire does occur, a few seconds can make a big difference when it comes to helping you and your family escape quickly and safely. That’s why having a clear and predictable fire safety plan can be critical during the time of an emergency.

An important note before we get into the details of how to make a plan: your fire safety plan will only work if you have fully operational smoke detectors on each level of your home. Test your smoke alarms once a month and change the batteries twice a year. An NFPA report found that  60% of home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke detectors or smoke alarms that didn’t work and in fires where smoke detectors were present but did not go off, 24% of homes had smoke alarms with dead batteries and 46% had no batteries or disconnected batteries. Smoke detectors save lives. 

Follow our 4 step process below to create a simple and effective fire safety plan for your family. 


  1. Gather everyone in your household and make a plan. Do a walk-through of your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. If you have children, consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  2. If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.
  3. Choose an outside meeting place (great examples include a neighbor’s house, a nearby light post, your mailbox, or a stop sign) make sure your designated meeting location is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can gather after they’ve escaped. Mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  4. Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.


Residential fire sprinklers greatly improve life safety. They dramatically decrease the smoke, heat, and flames fires generate in homes. If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to reach out. At Severson Fire Protection we specialize in all areas of fire protection installations, from residential homes to large commercial and industrial facilities. Contact us today, 541-382-3720.