October 9, 2017 - It's Fire Prevention Week!
(October 8-14, 2017)One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from a fire is to ensure that you have working smoke alarms in your home. Here are a few facts about smoke alarms:
-Dead batteries caused one quarter (24%) of smoke alarm failures.
-In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
-Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
-The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
-Smoke alarms need to be replaced at least once every 10 years. Many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk in the event of a home fire. The age of a smoke alarm can be determined by looking for the date of manufacture on the back or side of the alarm. *Note: We suggest that combination smoke/CO alarms should be replaced at least once every 6 years.
Have an escape plan!
-Draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
-Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you're unable to help them.
-Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to see.
-Close doors behind you as you leave. This may help to slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
-Once you get outside, stay outside! Never go back inside a burning building.
For more information, help with verifying that your current smoke alarms are working, or to discuss adding fire protection to your home or business, feel free to give us a call today! 800-860-1042.