October is Fire Prevention Month! But, what is Fire Prevention Month? Fire Prevention Month (and week) raises awareness about fire safety and home safety to help ensure your home and family are prepared in the case of an emergency. This is a perfect time to discuss fire safety with your family. We have provided resources to help explain fire safety to your children. Every family's safety plan will differ from the next, that is why it is important to sit down with your whole family and discuss your home's fire safety plans.
In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association named the second week in October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States. Fire departments go around to schools and communities to talk with kids and teach them about fire safety, as well as what to do to keep your home safe and what to do in case of a fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)'s 2018 campaign for Fire Prevention Week is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. A fire can be anywhere." At First Alert, the Super Prepared Family is helping to teach about fire safety and how there is safety in numbers.
- According to the NFPA, in 2016 there were 352,000 home fires, and 3 out of 5 fire deaths occurred in homes without smoke alarms.
- Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan.
- Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of accidental death.
These facts and statistics are reasons why your home needs to be equipped with the proper amount of fire safety equipment and alarms. Fire Prevention Month is a great time to kick start your families commitment to fire safety!
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Fire Safety Equipment Placement:
Placement of fire safety equipment around the house is important. First Alert offers a variety of fire safety equipment to help make you a Super Prepared Family too! It is important to install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and escape ladders in your home. The house to the left shows all the suggested places to have each piece of equipment. Below indicates specifically where the pieces of equipment should be located according to the NFPA.
- Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home.
- They should also be placed in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
- Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet away from the kitchen or stove to avoid cooking nuisance alarms.
- Smoke alarms should be installed either on the ceiling or high up on a wall, no more than 10 inches from the top of the wall.
- Smoke alarms should be cleaned and maintained so that dust, pollen, pet dander, etc. does not affect the alarm's sensor.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
- Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, like smoke alarms, should be placed on each level of the home.
- They should also be placed in each bedroom.
- CO alarms can be placed anywhere in the room, they do NOT need to be close to the ground or the ceiling. Carbon monoxide distributes evenly through the air, so an alarm will detect it no matter what height it is installed at.
- Carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.
- There should be at least one fire extinguisher on every level of the home.
- It is important to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. However you must make sure you have the right grade of fire extinguisher.
- It would be smart to also have an extinguisher in the garage. Like the kitchen extinguisher, make sure you have the correct grade of fire extinguisher for the possible fire that could start in the garage.
- P.A.S.S. Technique
- Pull the pin
- Aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the lever
- Sweep from side to side
- Escape ladders are not required by law, but they could be extremely useful in case of a house fire.
- You should have at least one if your home has a second or third story.
- Each room in your home should have two escape routes, in most bedrooms the window is an escape route, therefore it would be smart to keep an escape ladder in a closet or easily accessible location in the bedroom.
Fire Prevention Month is the perfect time to start the fire safety discussion with you family. These resources are a great way to teach your kids, but have fun at the same time!
This is also the perfect opportunity to put your safety plans into action! Show your family how to replace the alarms or batteries for the alarms in you house. You can also test the alarms together to show them what the alarm sounds like and teach them not to be afraid of the sound, but what to do when they hear it. Plan your escape plan and meeting place and practice it with the whole family. Make sure your kids know Stop, Drop, and Roll and that 9-1-1 should always be called in case of an emergency.
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