Planning for it can save your life. You may have as little as two minutes to get out.
This is the time of year when home fires start to increase. It coincides with fire prevention week.
Jake Johnson the public education officer said "People know how to get out, but also that they have to have two ways out. Maybe a door or maybe a window."
These days most construction in homes can be an issue. Newer homes tends to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, which increase home fires. Newer homes also use truss construction and engineer type woods which tend to burn faster and hotter.
Johnson said "And I understand why people use them it's also very much affordable and they have great strength to them."
The homes with that type of construction can be a health hazard for firefighters. "A home fire is just a totally different thing just because it has all this noxious stuff in it that really is dangerous and deadly" said Johnson.
People also need to remember to change their smoke detector batteries. "Time to do that is when you change your clocks is generally what we tell people. Change your clocks change your batteries."
You also have to change the entire smoke detector every ten years. Just like anything else they get a little less reliable after ten years.
Johnson said "If you have a yellow detector and it was put up in 1986 it's definitely well past the time to replace it."