The standard warnings apply. There were 1,319,500 fires in 2017 resulting in 3,400 deaths, according to U.S. Fire Administration statistics. During National Fire Prevention Week this year, the theme was “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” Everyone was urged to look around their house or business for where a fire could start, identifying fire hazards. To listen for the smoke alarm, which should be outside every sleeping area and on every level of a home and checked regularly to be in working order. (Incidentally, this year, Maryland law began requiring all homeowners with homes that have battery-only operated alarms that were more than 10 years old to replace those alarms with sealed battery-operated smoke alarms with long-life batteries and hush button features. If you’re still replacing 9-volt batteries in your smoke alarms, it’s time for an upgrade.) To learn about their house or business and figure out two ways to exit every room in case of a fire, making sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are clutter free.