According to the government's disaster preparedness website, www.ready.gov, more than 2,500 people are killed annually from home fires. In addition to those deaths, there are an additional 12,600 injuries that occur each year. Aside from flames, you and your home could also suffer from the effects of smoke and heat. Simply inhaling the hot air surrounding a fire can damage your lungs. It's best to do everything you can to prevent a home fire. Sometimes, however, things go unnoticed and a fire is the result.