Fires can start in many different ways. A fire can start by accident, by acts of nature, or even by arson. You can help keep your family and co-workers safe during a fire by making sure smoke alarms work and by practicing a fire escape plan.

The resources below can help you learn what to do to prevent or recover from a fire.

Home Fires
Learn how to prevent home fires and get fire facts and safety tips. Learn how to create a fire escape plan for your family and what to do during a fire. There’s also information for older adults and people with access or functional needs. (

Home Fire Safety
Get a “Home Fire Safety Checklist” and a worksheet to help you create a “Home Fire Escape Plan.” You can also learn how to prevent fires as well as what to do during and after a fire. (American Red Cross)

After the Fire: Returning to Normal (PDF, 406 KB)
Learn what to expect and how to handle the damage after a fire. There’s also a checklist to help you record vital details to keep on file. (FEMA)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021