Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

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:

Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

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Sources
1. Safe Kids Worldwide | Fire Safety
2. Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires | NFPA

 

Putting a Freeze on Winter Fires

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.

Help spread the word about winter fire safety with this infographic from NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration:

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Sources
1. Heating Safety Tips | NFPA