This Sunday marked the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. The 2012 theme, designated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is “Have 2 Ways Out!” It focuses on fire escape planning and practice, reinforcing the need to know two ways out of each room should tragedy strike. If you have a child or know families with kids, this week is the perfect time to spread the word about this life-saving topic.
According to a study by the NFPA, children under the age of five are almost one and a half times as likely to die in a home fire as the average person. What can you do to help prevent this tragedy from happening?
First, install a monitored smoke detector.
According to the NFPA, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths were due to non-functioning smoke detectors or no smoke alarm at all. Fifty percent of the time the reason the smoke failed is because it was either missing or had a disconnected battery and an additional 23% had a dead or discharged battery.
With monitored smoke detector, the sensor is fully supervised. If it is removed from its base, if the battery is removed or too low, or if it becomes too dirty to function, a message will be sent to the central station so the situation can be corrected. We even offer a unit that monitors for both smoke and extreme heat equal to and greater than 135° Fahrenheit – ask us about it! As an added bonus, it can also function as an environmental sensor, alerting you when the temperature drops below 41° Fahrenheit.
Second, educate yourself.
Educating yourself about the deadly impact of fire is the first step in helping to stop these incidents from occurring. There are a variety of educational resources that you can use to educate your family about fire prevention when you are in the home. One organization that has a variety of materials is the National Fire Protection Association. Sections of their web site are dedicated to small children, providing activities that children can do. Honeywell also offers a series of educational videos you can watch with your family members.
As our gift to you, click here to download an ebook on fire safety and read it with your family today.