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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