More than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 18,300 are injured. Whether you are young or old, the need for an understanding of fire safety is imperative in the event of an emergency. Remember when you were a kid and you were told to stop, drop, and roll? Little has changed since then, however developing a fire safety plan in the event of an emergency could be the difference between avoiding a potentially lethal situation. Several great resources exist for fire safety training, ranging from everything from fire classes to fire safety videos you can purchase for the home. While fire safety training classes are an investment every family should make at least once, following these few tips will help you to make sure you are on the right track. Every home should have a working smoke detector. A working smoke alarm can double your chances of survival. Test it monthly, keep it clean, and replace the battery at least once a year. Smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years of service. Plan your escape, and hold in home fire safety trainings. While it may be a scary topic, especially if you are planning with your kids, it could be the difference between you and your loved ones getting out safely. Plan a route and practice it with your kids. Finally, talk to your kids about fire safety. To avoid playing with matches, that using the stove or oven without a parent home is off limits etc. If you cannot make it to fire safety classes, hold your own in your home. You will be glad you did.