Fall is here, which means it’s time to get our your favorite hoodies and drink hot cocoa, and time to tuck away your swimsuits and flip flops (*sniffle*).
This is also Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10), the time of year when we focus on educating families about fire safety, and the simple steps parents can take to keep their families safe. This year, the emphasis is on the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom and outside each separate sleeping area. The National Fire Protection Association has chosen the theme:
Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!
Did you know that roughly HALF of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 pm and 7 am, when most people are asleep? 87% of all fire related deaths are due to home fires.1 What makes this statistic even more tragic is the facet that three out of five of these deaths could have been prevented had working smoke detectors been present – in 38% of the home fire deaths there was absolutely NO smoke detectors present at all!2
Where There Is Love, There are Smoke Alarms. Don’t Let Your World Go Up In Smoke.
Smoke alarms save lives. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a house fire in half – which is why they are the critical first step in keeping your family safe. Home fires spread rapidly, taking only seconds and for poisonous smoke to billow throughout your home, leaving families with as little as one to two minutes to escape safely once an alarm sounds. Only by having working smoke alarms – one on every floor and near every sleeping area – can you protect the ones you love!
Keeping your home safe starts with working smoke alarms. What you need to know to protect the ones you love:
Have working smoke alarms: Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home. You should also have a smoke alarm inside bedrooms and outside all sleeping areas.
Test your smoke alarms once a month: A smoke alarm can only save your life if it’s working. Use the test button monthly to make sure your smoke alarm is working and protecting your family.
Replace alarms every 10 years: Smoke alarms do not last forever. If your alarms are 10 years old or older, be sure to replace them with new alarms.
Can you hear your alarm?If you can’t hear your alarm, consider getting a strobe light that will flash or a bed shaker that will shake when the smoke alarm sounds.
Learn more about the critical role smoke alarms play in keeping you and your family safe with this infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide:
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Plummeting temperatures have many of us scouring for ways to keep warm, but while you are getting cozy, be sure that you don’t zone out on your space heater!!!.
Did you know that HALF of all home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February? While many of us search for cost-effective ways to keep our houses warm, it is important to remember simple safety tips to protect your family and maintain a fire safe home this winter. Space heaters are the most popular source of heat, however they cause 33% of home heating fires, and 81% of home heating fire deaths!!!1
Here’s some tips on what you can do to put a freeze on winter fires:
Remember the Three Feet Rule: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
Keep it a Kid-Free Zone:Be sure children and pets cannot get close to space heaters
Keep it Level: Always place a heating equipment on a hard, level (and non-flammable surface)
Don’t Leave it Running: Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Don’t Over Extend Yourself: Avoid using extension cords. Plug heating equipment directly into an outlet with enough capacity.
Just because you’ve made it into college does NOT mean that you are too smart to pay attention to fire safety basics!!
For most students, the last fire safety training they received was in grade school, but with new independence comes new responsibilities. It is important that both off-campus and on-campus students understand fire risks and know the preventative measures that could save their lives
Overall, most college-related fires are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention (and the occasional poor decisions made from alcohol consumption)!
Do you know as much about fire safety as you should?!?
Apply these safety tips regardless of where you live, but most importantly if you are living on your own now, this means it is time to be a grown up!:
Always have 2 ways out of each room, no matter where you are.
Smoke alarms save lives. For the price of a pizza you can save a life, maybe yours. Get one today!
On that note, smoke alarms can save your life only if they are working. Don’t take out batteries, don’t take them down. If your remote control needs a battery, either go buy one, or get up off the couch and change the channel!
Cooking and drinking is as dangerous as driving while drinking
No pizza box on top of stove, will burn if accidentally turned on. Fire spreads fast!
Watch that butt at parties! A number of fires start after parties and drinking!
Don’t run cords under rugs. They can fray & start a fire. Fire spreads FAST!
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Never. What was a romantic flame can become an inferno.
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher BEFORE the fire breaks out.
Spring is on the way, which means that Daylight saving time is beginning. When it’s time to “spring forward” and change the clocks on Sunday, March 11, make sure to change the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Even if batteries were recently changed, it’s still very important to conduct your monthly test of your alarms. It could save a life!
Reminder: Smoke & CO detectors do not last forever. The maximum life span is 8-10 years. After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. If the unit does not respond properly when tested, it should be replaced immediately.