"I think it's because people have the mindset that it's not going to happen to me, and you just never know," said Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr. "You need to be ready."
New numbers show that four out of five fire deaths happen inside homes, despite overall fires being reduced.
The Bangor Fire Department has a few suggestions for people to prevent that.
"Make sure you have working smoke detectors, have an escape plan for the family and practice that escape plan," said Cyr.
Cyr also said you should have at least two ways out of each room.
Home building materials can also make a building burn faster.
"Most of the homes are built with what we call lightweight construction materials and those will burn pretty quickly," he said.
People should also be on the lookout for potential fire hazards.
"I think cooking and candles are probably the two most prevalent ignition sources of fire that we've had in this area," said Cyr.