Home garage and basement fire safety outreach materials

Garage fires can spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss than fires that start in other areas of your home. Share these home garage and basement fire safety materials with your community.

Free handouts

Download these free handouts on preventing home garage and basement fires to reproduce and distribute in your community. A space is provided for you to easily include your organization's logo.

Facts about garage fires

Every year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes that result in an average of:

Of these fires, 93 percent occurred in one- and two-family homes.

Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of garage fires. These fires can start because of shorts in wires, damaged wires, and overloading electrical outlets.

Fire safety messages

Remind residents to follow these prevention tips to keep homes safe from garage fires.

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Information to share about heat alarms

Heat alarms (detectors) respond to fire, not smoke. They are another useful part of any home fire safety plan.

Smoke alarms in garages can sound because of a change in temperature and humidity, as well as dust, fumes and insects. Heat alarms are made to not be affected by these conditions.

Smoke alarms are not required, or designed for use, in garages. Many heat alarm models can be connected to a home’s fire detection system so that if the heat alarm sounds, the smoke alarms will as well.

Tips for buying and installing heat alarms:

Purchase a heat alarm that is:

Have your hard-wired heat alarm installed by a qualified electrician.

Don’t install heat alarms near fluorescent lights. Electrical noise and flickering from the lights may affect the alarm’s operation.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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