According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), house fires caused $6.8 billion in damages, 12,200 injuries and 2,755 deaths in 2013. Here are some prevention tips from the NFPA to keep you, your family and property safe from fire.

Have an Escape Plan

Sit down with your family and put together an escape plan. NFPA has an escape planning grid to get you started.

Have Appropriate Safety Equipment

Be Careful

House fires are caused by many different factors, but cooking fires accounted for almost half of house fires in 2012. Here are some tips to keep in mind when cooking:

Use caution when cooking or using other items that could cause a house fire (candles, smoking, fireplaces, etc.).

Be Prepared

A fire can be devastating. There’s the potential to lose everything. While insurance can’t replace your mementos or family heirlooms, being prepared can make the process much easier.