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Image description: After tremendous wildfires ravaged the area, volunteers assist with the clean-up efforts in Bastrop, TX.  The volunteers are removing scrap metal from burned out homes and giving the homeowners the recycling profits.  Learn more about the volunteer response to the Texas wildfires.
Photo by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Image description: After tremendous wildfires ravaged the area, volunteers assist with the clean-up efforts in Bastrop, TX. The volunteers are removing scrap metal from burned out homes and giving the homeowners the recycling profits. Learn more about the volunteer response to the Texas wildfires.

Photo by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Four Simple Tips to Stay Safe from Fires

More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires. Most of these deaths can be prevented by having a working smoke alarm. As a part of Fire Prevention Week 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sharing tips for keeping your home and family safe.

Here are four simple things you can do today to be ready for a fire:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Test smoke alarms once a month
  • Be sure to change smoke alarm batteries at least once a year
  • Make and practice your family’s fire escape plan

Follow FEMA on Facebook and Twitter to get more safety tips throughout the rest of the week.

To learn more about preventing home fires, visit Ready.gov/fires

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred in Virginia at 1:51pm EDT today. It is among the largest earthquakes ever recorded in Virginia and was felt as far away as Massachusetts. Learn what to do after an earthquake, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.