Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fire Prevention Week

October 4th-10th
The theme for this year as announced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep, Every Bedroom Needs A Working Smoke Alarm”.  Less than half (42%) of 36,000 respondents surveyed by the NFPA did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in every bedroom and floor level of a home. To highlight the importance of this theme, nearly 60% of US home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and half of those deaths occur during the hours of the day when we are most likely to be sleeping. Being alerted during the early stages of a fire is extremely important. Studies suggest that we have a very short window of time (minutes) to be able to exit a building before conditions become untenable. 

Residential smoke alarms typically have a useful life of 10 years. Alarms older than this in your home should be replaced. Some alarms are manufactured with a 10-year battery which never needs to be replaced for the life of the alarm. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like testing or changing batteries every six months, consider installing an alarm with a 10-year battery.  The extra initial cost for the alarm may be worth the cost and inconvenience of changing batteries over the life of the alarm.

If you have any questions about this year's fire prevention message, please contact the Bellevue Fire Prevention Bureau at 884-1077, ext. 312. (source: www.nfpa.org)