Am I Safe at Home?

Your home is a safe haven for your family. Or is it? Join your kids in learning about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, October  3 - 9. Did you know that fire departments responded to 399,000 home structure fires in 2007? That’s one home fire being reported every 79 seconds (National Fire Protection Association). Be proactive. Follow these tips to keep your home and family fire proof.

Smoke detectors – Do you have one? Do the batteries work?

Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors led to an almost 50% decrease in fire deaths since the late 1970’s. It’s estimated that 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. Don’t be fooled. If the batteries don’t work, the smoke alarm doesn’t work. Check your batteries each month. Start today.

Fire safety plan

The fire alarm sounds. You may have as little as two minutes to escape. Save time by planning and practicing a fire escape plan with your entire family. For additional information about how to make a fire escape plan, click here. Remember, once you get out of a burning building, stay out and call the 911.

Home fire sprinklers

Your risk of dying in a home fire decreases by 80% when properly installed and maintained automatic fire sprinkler systems are present. A sprinkler system also protects your possessions, reducing the average property loss by 71% per fire. Fire sprinkler systems have been around for a century to protect commercial and industrial properties and public buildings. Invest in your home and the precious people inside with a home fire sprinkler system.

For additional information and fire safety tips for you and your family, visit the National Fire Protection Association.