According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately half of all deaths caused by home fires occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. For this reason, the NFPA has chosen the theme for this years National Fire Prevention Week to be Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.
National Fire Prevention Weekhas been hosted every year for the past 90 years by the NFPA to bring awareness to the importance of fire prevention and protection. This year, it is recognized Oct. 4-10, 2015.
The NFPA chose this years theme after conducting a survey that showed that 42 percent of Americans did not know that every bedroom in a home should have a smoke alarm. The National Fire Alarm Code requires a working smoke detector to be located in every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area and on every level of a home.
According to statistical reports provided by the National Safety Council on unintentional injuries and deaths, fires caused 2,200 deaths in 2013. Statistics also show that the risk for dying in a home fire is cut in half through the use of smoke alarms.
Having a working fire alarm in the bedroom is a critical component for fire safety. Fire alarms alert sleeping homeowners in enough time to escape safely often meaning the difference between life and death.
Other fire safety tips from the NFPA include:
- Change the batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year
- Plan and practice an escape route, including two ways out of every room
- Know how to use a fire extinguisher
- If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll
- In the case of a fire, leave the building immediately and call for help
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