If there is any time of the year to remember to schedule fire inspections for your home or office or review your emergency evacuation plans, then it is during Fire Prevention Week and Month.
In its 10th decade, Fire Prevention Week continues its mission to promote public health and safety and the importance of fire prevention in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
According to the the National Fire Protection Agency, the majority of fire-related deaths happen in the home. One of the major indicators of a fire in the home is smoke, the visible vapors and gases released by burning or smoldering substances.
Due to the lack of public knowledge on home fire safety and the alarming number of home fire-related deaths, Fire Prevention Week is focusing on smoke alarms for the third year in a row.
Only one in five homes in US have smoke alarms. Three in five deaths occur in properties without smoke alarms or with non-operational smoke alarms.
As smoke is usually your first, and often only, warning sign of an impending fire, you should
- inspect your smoke alarm yearly
- find out how old your smoke alarm is (manufacture date should be on the smoke alarm itself)
- replace your smoke alarm every 10 years from the manufacture date
Some other smoke alarms tips you should consider:
- test your smoke alarms monthly
- interconnect your smoke alarms
- use ionization or photoelectric smoke alarms
- have alternate smoke alarm indicators for residents with disabilities
While Fire Prevention Week and Month primarily focus on homeowners it is good reminder for all business owners to review your facilities, risk management, and emergency plans, schedule annual fire inspections, and conduct employee emergency training exercises.
Contact your local Pye Barker Fire Safety office to schedule your next fire inspection.