The National Fire Protection Association is promoting the theme “Don’t Wait: Check the Date!
· Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. The manufacturing date is on the back of the alarm.
· 3 out of 5 home fire deaths in the U.S. result from homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. How old are your smoke alarms?
An average of 7 people die in the U.S every day from home fires.
· Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires followed by heating equipment.
· Smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
· U.S. fire departments responded to about 358,300 home structure fires per year from 2010 to 2014 which ¾ of all structure fires.
· There were 501,500 structure fires.
· There was 1 structure fire every 63 seconds.
· There was 1 home fire every 86 seconds.
· There was $10.3 Billion in property damage from structure fires.
· Vehicle fires totaled $1.2 Billion in property damage.
· Have smoke alarms in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
· Install smoke alarms on every level.
· Test alarms at least once per month.
· Interconnected smoke alarms are the best to have. When one goes off, they all go off.
· Keep alarms at least 10 feet from the stove to avoid false alarms.
· Deaf people or those people who are hard of hearing can use special alarms which have strobe lights and bed shakers.
· Know how to escape from your house, condo, or apartment. Know where the fire exits are.
· Teach young children what a fire alarm sounds like.