The time to prepare for a fire is before one ignites.
That's the message behind National Fire Prevention Week.
There were 70 fires last year in Lincoln.
Even though it could save lives, only 26% of American families practice a fire escape plan according to the Red Cross.
Seniors and children are most at risk, so devise a way to keep a head count and decide who can do what before an emergency.
Local fire officials also urge residents to test their smoke detectors regularly.
If you don't have one, get one, and change the batteries once a year.
A smoke detector doubles your chance of survival.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue says discarded cigarettes and unattended candles are the top fire starters.
Cooking fires are also a leading cause nationally.
But fire fighters say the majority of fires are preventable, if precautions are taken.
Other quick tips: Sleep with your doors closed to slow the spread of smoke and fire, know your exits and don't use extension cords for long periods of time.