Fire Safety

Fire Safety
Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States and the third leading cause of fatal home injury.  Although the number of fatalities and injuries caused by residential fires has declined gradually over the past several decades, many residential fire related deaths are preventable and continue to be a major public safety concern.

1. Have active smoke alarms throughout your residence!
Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires.  In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat.  That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns.  A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock and, when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm.  About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half.

Do you need a smoke detector?
Contact the La Porte Fire Department Station 1 at 219-362-3456, and we will provide one for you free of charge.  We can even help you install them!

2. Make a fire escape plan!
In the event of a fire, remember - time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.
  • Practice escape plans every month.
  • Plan two ways out of each room.
  • Immediately leave your home when a fire occurs.
  • Never open doors that are hot to the touch.
  • Designate a meeting location away from your home.
  • Once you're out, stay out!