Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2015.

Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone.  An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home.

In an effort to better educate the public about this “sleepy” smoke alarm requirement, NFPA – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – announced “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, which runs from October 4-10, 2015.  The National Fire Alarm Code®, requires a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit the NFPA Fire Prevention Week page for more safety information.

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Image credit: KNUJ-FM, New Ulm, MN

Did you also know that:

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep.
  • Nearly 1,000 lives are lost each year to fires that start in the bedroom.
  • Smoke inhalation is the main way that home fires lead to death, not burns and other injuries.
  • Many bedroom fires are caused by the misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices such as space heaters close to combustibles and overloaded extension cords.
  • Other bedroom fires start by children who play with matches or lighters, arson, or careless smoking in bed
  • Children are one of the highest at-risk groups for deaths in a residential fire. Children usually play with fire – lighters, matches, and other ignitable items at home in bedrooms, closets and under beds. These are “secret” places to them and there are normally a lot of things that can easily catch on fire.

To prepare and protect yourself from any kind of home fire:

1.Have an Escape Plan!

  • 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, more than half never practiced it .
  • One-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

2. Have smoke alarms and be sure that they work!

  • Almost two-thirds (62%) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77% of the time.

fire prevention wek 2015 02In recognition of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, we encourage you to take precaution and prepare yourself so you won’t have a disaster in the kitchen!

If you would like to have smoke detectors installed, please set up a service call request with us at Brubaker Inc. at 717.299.5641 or email us.

If you have smoke detectors, when is the last time that you checked them or tested them? Quiz yourself in this smoke alarm safety checklist, compliments of the NFPA.

Don’t become a historical statistic. Be sure you have working smoke detectors and alarms today!

For more information regarding the significance of smoke and CO alarms, see these additional pages that we have posted over the years:

  1. Are You Prepared?
  2. Prevent Kitchen Fires!
  3. It’s That Time of Year Again…
  4. It’s that Time of Year Again When We ‘Fall Back” and Change our Clocks
  5. Speaking of Smoke Alarms…
  6. Daylight Saving Time — Check those Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors!

Photo courtesy of Eden Fire Co., Lancaster, PA

Photo courtesy of Eden Fire Co., Lancaster, PA

Sources:

1. “Fast Facts About Fire”, NFPA.org

2. “Fire Prevention Week”, Wikipedia.org

3. “About Fire Protection Week”, NFPA.org

4. “On National Fire Prevention Week, Residents are Reminded that Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, www.woodburybulletin.com