October is Fire Prevention Month
Fire Prevention week is the perfect time to educate and talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, how to use a fire extinguisher and escape route planning.
- Three out of Five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working.
- Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
- More than one-third(37%) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present
- The risk of dying in a house fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
- Install smoke alarms at every level of the home along with every bedroom.
- Be sure to test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps", the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years with brand new smoke alarms.