For Immediate Release: February 15, 2012

State Fire Marshal Reminds Families to Stay Vigilant About Fire Safety and Prevention

Issues important year-round reminders for families to prevent and survive home fires

Raleigh -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin, Barnardsville Fire Department and Jupiter Fire Department are reminding North Carolinians to stay focused on fire safety and prevention all year-round. Families must never grow lax on safety planning that will increase the chances of surviving a home fire.

"Every day is a good day to keep fire prevention at the top of your mind," said Goodwin. "It shouldn't take a tragedy to remind adults and children about the importance of working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, working smoke alarms save lives and cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. So it is important for smoke alarms to be installed, tested and maintained in every home.

State Fire Marshal Goodwin has the following advice related to smoke alarms:

State Fire Marshal Goodwin recommends the following regarding home escape plans:

In the event of a fire, Fire Marshal Goodwin reminds families to do the following to increase the likelihood of survival:

For more information about fire prevention and safety, go to the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal website, or the National Fire Protection Association website.