FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 2010
Fire Prevention Week is here, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue once again has joined forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s theme Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With. This year’s campaign focuses on newer smoke alarm recommendations to keep homes fire-safe.
Many homes do not have working smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms or alarms that are outdated and should be replaced. Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal Charles Raiken said, “We want our residents to understand that they should have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, every living area and on every level of a home.” They should also be reminded that “if a smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it needs to be replaced,” he said.
Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so. Many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
SMOKE ALARM TIPS FROM BROWARD SHERIFF FIRE RESCUE AND THE NFPA:
• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
• If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
• Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
• Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
In its 88th year, Fire Prevention Week, which runs through October 9, is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. For more information on fire safety, contact the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau at 954-831-8210 or visit www.sheriff.org and click on the “BSO Kids” tab or for more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit http://www.firepreventionweek.org.
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