American Red Cross uses National Fire Prevention Week to urge caution and precaution
Published on 8 October 2010
During National Fire Prevention Week the American Red Cross is urging everyone to help save lives by making sure their home is protected by smoke alarms.
People who do not have smoke alarms in their home should take the time to have them installed. Those who already have smoke alarms should make sure they have been properly maintained and updated during the 88th National Fire Prevention Week being observed October 3-9.
"The biggest disaster threat to families isn't a flood or hurricane; it's fire," said Joe Becker, Senior Vice President, Red Cross Disaster Services. "The Red Cross responds to thousands of local fires throughout the country every year. During a fire, every second counts. People should take simple steps now, like installing smoke alarms and having an escape plan in case they need to leave their home at a moment's notice."
Smoke alarms provide a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire, and that extra time can save lives. The alarms should be installed on every level of the home, as well as inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas of the home. They should also be tested once a month by pushing the test button, and batteries should be replaced annually.
Other smoke alarm safety recommendations include:
Families should create and practice a home fire escape plan, which should include at least two escape routes for every room in the home. They should choose a convenient meeting place outside of the home and practice their escape plan at least twice a year with all family members.
The Red Cross is committed to helping people learn how to minimize the risk of a home fire, and suggests the following fire safety tips:
For more information on home fire safety click here.
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