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Get Alarmed! Fire Prevention Week {October 5th-11th}

firepreventionJust a quick reminder that Fire Prevention Week is here! I like to remind parents that this observance is a great opportunity to stop, focus and take a moment to make their homes and offices safer. Having a conversation with your kids is a great way to educate them on this subject and dispel any fears they may have as well. Here are a few simple steps to not only making your home safer, by to share important info with your loved ones too.

Fire Prevention Week focuses in on the importance of having fully working smoke detectors in every home, office and facility. Two thirds of home fire deaths each year result from homes with no smoke alarms, faulty smoke alarms or smoke alarms that fail to work because of dead batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and working smoke alarms give early warning so occupants can get outside quickly. With the holiday season approaching, it is more important than ever to take the steps to stay safe. While it is crucial to be cautious of fire hazards year-round, taking the time to walk through these steps once a year could save your life.

Talk to your kids, and make a plan. Teach kids NOT to run for items in their bedrooms or anywhere else in the house, but instead to meet outside of the home (across the street, or at a neighbors preferably) sit down as a family and come up with a way to know what to do and when. Depending on the emergency heading to the first door they see (fire), or heading to the basement, closet or attic if possible (burglaries) make sure they know they need to stay safe.

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each distinct sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. For office areas place, place smoke detectors in common areas, but also areas like storerooms and warehouses.

Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. Replace with every daylight savings time change.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly. Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

For more details and to utilize Fire Prevention Week, printables, visit NFPA’s website here: