It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 5-11, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wants to remind local residents that “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” During this year’s fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”, visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org.