Fire Prevention Month 2019

Fire Prevention Month 2019

October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 6th – 12th ) is to raise awareness about fire safety and help ensure your home and family is prepared in the event of an emergency.

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In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising fire safety awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States. During this month, fire departments educate their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety and whole home safety. The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2019 campaign for Fire Safety Month is "Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape." At First Alert, we are proud to support their mission and this year’s theme that firefighters are heroes too.

For Fire Safety Month this year, First Alert is urging families to improve their home’s safety by checking their alarms, testing the alarms regularly and adding reliable protection when replacing expired alarms. We are dedicated to helping protect what matters most because a home emergency can happen at any time and we want you to be prepared.

Fire Prevention week is the perfect time talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarm for hassle-free protection, and escape planning.

  • 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms
  • Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death
  • 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly*
  • Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
  • Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan*

Are You Fully Protected?

Having functioning alarms installed throughout your home is the first line of defense for fire prevention. They work around the clock to give your family an early alert in the event of an emergency, providing you time to safely escape. Smoke and CO alarms should be placed on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as inside and outside each bedroom. Fire alarms should also be placed on every level of the home, especially in the kitchen and garage.

Where to Place Alarms in Your Home

First Alert has been protecting homes and families since 1958. We urge you to practice whole home safety and add reliable protection you can trust this Fire Prevention Month.

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Encourage Your Family to Get Involved

Take this opportunity to discuss fire safety with your family. You may be intimidated to bring up such a serious topic with your kids, but this will help your family be more confident and prepared in the event of an emergency. To assist you, we have provided fun activities and resources below to explain fire safety to your children. Download our Whole Home Safety Check List & Junior Fire Marshal Badge here for a fun fire safety activity to do with your kids!

To learn more about Fire Prevention Month and the importance of fire safety click here.

 

Source: National Fire Protection Association and First Alert Survey*