Fire Safety

Fire Prevention Week – October 5-11

Your home should be a safe haven. But do you regularly check for fire hazards? If not, there lies a potential danger. Fire departments responded to nearly 400,000 home fires in 2006. That’s why the theme of Fire Prevention Week is “It’s Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires!” *

From October 5-11, fire safety advocates will spread the word to their communities that with a little extra caution, preventing the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating, electrical and smoking-materials – is within their power. *

Visit the National Fire Protection Association website www.firepreventionweek.org for more information on how you can prevent home fires. Use the “My Fire Inspection Checklist” to inspect your home for risks. Complete a “Safety Information Card” to make sure that all kids know safety information about themselves in case of emergency. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with the form provided. You can read up on safety tips for adults and kids, before tackling the online quiz to test your Fire Prevention knowledge. By putting into action Fire Prevention Week messages, you can help protect your home, and even more importantly, your family.

* Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Web site, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2008 NFPA.

Fire Safety 101

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home, so when one sounds, all will signal.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Have a home fire escape plan. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible and a meeting place outside. Practice your escape plan twice a year.
  • Call a qualified electrician or landlord if you have recurring problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers, discolored or warm wall outlets, flickering lights or a burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon-monoxide poisoning.