Fire Prevention Week 2010 slated for October 3-9
Smoke alarms can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by half. Smoke alarms can work as an effective measure in preventing fires which cause major havoc in residential areas if unnoticed.
The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9, 2010. This year's campaign, Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With, focuses on the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fire deaths, injuries, and property loss. Fire Corps teams can use this opportunity to spread important fire prevention messages and information in their communities as well as conduct special initiatives such as smoke alarm installations and home safety checks.
According to the NFPA, 2,755 people were killed and 13,160 were injured in home fires in 2008. Two out of every five home fire deaths were in a home with no smoke alarms. When used properly, smoke alarms can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by half. This year's theme focuses on how to choose, install, and maintain smoke alarms in the home.
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