According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are between 350,000 and 400,000 house fires in the United States every year. Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to families. Below are a few important tips to consider regarding your family's safety this month and beyond.
5 Fire Safety Reminders
- Make sure that the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 60% of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. Also, The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
- After checking that the currently work during National Fire Safety Month, continue to test the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a month.
- If you have smoke alarms that are hardwired into your home's electrical system, they have a back-up battery that needs to be replaced once a year (schedule your annual battery replacement for National Fire Safety Month to make sure you remember).
- Consider an interconnected smoke alarm system. When one alarm sounds, they all sound.
- Develop a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of each room.
- Make sure that your family practices any emergency plans - including what they should do in case of fire or tornado - at least twice a year.
- Make and practice a fire escape plan that includes a place to meet to make sure everyone got out for all members of your house including babies and those who many need help to escape such as elderly family members. Be sure to teach children to never hide during a fire - instead they need to get out and stay out as soon as possible.