This is a collaborative post with First Alert. All views and text are mine.
October is Fire Prevention Month and I’m always happy to promote this very important event each year.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan in the event of a fire with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”.
Here are some *fast facts about fire (courtesy of NFA) that I thought are worth sharing!
- Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
- According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
- Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practiced it.
- One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
- Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 166,100 home cooking-related fires between 2010-2014 resulting in 480 civilian deaths, 5,540 civilian injuries and $1.1 billion in direct damage.
- Two of every five (43%) home fires started in the kitchen.
- Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.
- The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean. This usually involved creosote build-up in chimneys.
- Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and accounted for 84% of the home heating deaths.
- Over half (56%) of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
- In most years, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries.
- If you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying decreases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present.
- Research shows that when sprinklers were present during a fire, the fire is kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time.
And in honor of Fire Prevention Month this October, I’m happy to be partnering with First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety, to encourage everyone to be super prepared when it comes to whole home safety. First Alert also introduced a family of safety superheroes, “Super Prepared Family“.
The Super Prepared Family
From the outside, they may look like a typical family, but each family member has a special “super safety power” and plays an important role in helping ensure their family and home are protected.
Max Safety, the dad, is super-tall. Using his long arms, he’s able to easily install smoke and CO alarms throughout the home. Able to reach great heights, he’s also responsible for testing the family’s alarms and replacing their batteries when needed. In fact, he checks each month to ensure every alarm is in proper working order. Because alarms do not last forever, Max makes sure to replace alarms every 10 years to help ensure his family is protected.
Mom Audrey Safety is a super-smart planner. She stays informed of the latest recommendations from the NFPA to ensure her family is super prepared. She has a complete safety checklist and makes sure she follows it with help from everyone in the family home. Items on her checklist include testing alarms, keeping track of expiration dates and replacing alarms as needed, ensuring alarms are installed on every level, and planning and practicing her family’s escape route. With Audrey, nothing falls through the cracks, which is why other annual items such as professionally servicing the furnace and ensuring dryer vents are clean also make the checklist.
Their daughter, Valerie Safety, is super-organized. She draws out the family’s fire escape plan, reviews it with the entire family and ensures that they practice it regularly together and include pets. Fire can spread through a home rapidly, so by creating their escape plan and practicing it regularly, the Super Prepared Family can get to safety quickly and calmly. Valerie makes sure the family practices their escape plan at least twice a year.
Younger son Alex and the family dog Buddy are the super-navigators. They know the importance of getting out and staying out of the home if there is an emergency, and waiting in their pre-determined meeting spot away from the home until the firefighters say the home is clear to re-enter. Alex knows to immediately call 911 once they are safely out of the home.
Fortunately, advances in smoke alarm technology have made it even easier for every family to become a Super Prepared Family. And to make it even more convenient for families to prevent fire in their homes, First Alert has these innovative fire safety products from their Fire Prevention Kit:
10-Year Atom Smoke & Fire Alarmeco-friendly, micro-design, smoke alarm that comes in 10-Year Battery. It’s got advanced smoke entry system with a photoelectric sensor that will detect regular and slow, smoldering fires and reduce false alarms that result from cooking and shower steam. This smoke & fire alarm unit will provide all the necessary protection to help keep your family and your home safe.
To see the Super Prepared Family in action and obtain information and other resources regarding 10-year alarms, alarm laws in your state, as well as tips for protecting your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide, visit www.firstalert.com/firepreventionmonth.
*National Fire Protection Association.Fast Facts About Fire.
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