National Fire Prevention Week: Are YOU Prepared?
National Fire Prevention Week is every year in October. “Every year, we see fire-related injuries that might have been prevented if the victims received fire safety tips, installed functioning smoke alarms or practiced an escape plan. Our first line of protection is educating the community.” -Indianapolis Fire Chief Brian Sanford.
During National Fire Prevention Week, firefighters around the country are working tirelessly to ensure that communities are educated and prepared in case the unthinkable happens. This year’s central theme for Fire Prevention Week was “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” teaching people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place (October 6-12, 2013). For more information please visit the National Fire Protection Association website.
In the event of a fire; having a back-up escape route and making sure you have functioning smoke alarms is vital to you and your families survival. Here at Atbatt.com, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help ensure that everyone has the batteries they need in order for their smoke detectors to function properly. We realize that circumstances don’t always make that possible for certain households, so we’re helping fire departments and other organizations by donating 9v batteries that they can then take to those who need them. The following data is directly from the National Fire Protection Association site:
Fact Facts About Fires; Smoke Alarms
- Almost two-thirds (62%) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
- In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77% of the time.
- Test your smoke alarm at least once a month using the test button on the detector
- Consider replacing your smoke alarm every ten years.
Of course, there are many other ways for everyone to help during National Fire Prevention Week. Just ask Sparky the Fire Dog-