Whether a fire happens in your home or in the wild, it can be very dangerous. Fire spreads quickly. There is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a home can be engulfed in flames.
Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can burn your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. You can suffocate or be burned.
Preventing fires is an important part of fire safety. Although there are no guarantees of safety during a fire, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety, and losses. If you do experience a disaster, it is normal to feel stressed. You may need help in finding ways to cope.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Active Fire Mapping Program (Department of Agriculture)
- After the Fire! Returning to Normal (Federal Emergency Management Agency) - PDF
- Children and Home Fires (American Red Cross) - PDF
- Fires and Food Safety (Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)
- Home Fires (Department of Homeland Security)
- United States Fire Administration
- What to Do in a Fire (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Wildfires (Department of Homeland Security)
- Wildfires: Information for Pregnant Women and Parents of Young Infants (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)