Learn About Fire Prevention Week
Learn About Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week in the United States commemorates the Great Chicago Fire in October 8–10, 1871. The first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) remains to be the international sponsor every year. Fire Prevention Week is usually commemorated when October 9 falls. Each year’s theme and date for National Fire Prevention Week are listed on the National Fire Protection Association website. For 2020 the dates are October 4-10, with the theme "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"
Here are a few tips on how to protect your family from a home fire.
Create a fire escape plan and practice- Prepare a fire escape plan for your family and make sure everyone is familiar with it. Make sure you practice your home escape plan at least twice a year. Train everyone in your home to know two ways to escape from every room and have a family meeting spot outside of your home.
No smoking- Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house. If someone must smoke, they should do it outside. Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet.
Electronics and Outlets – Inspect your appliances to make sure that each is on its own outlet as much as possible. Unplug electronics when not in use and avoid running extension cords under rugs.
Faulty wiring - Homes with faulty wiring can cause fires, some red flags include lights dim if you use another appliance, frequently blown fuses or tripped circuits. If any of these occur in your home, it’s best to have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house
Install the Right Smoke Detector- The most common smoke detectors have an alarming rate of failure. Some can take as much as 30 minutes to activate. Most smoke alarms found in the market are ionization smoke alarms. This type of alarm uses a small amount of radioactive material to ionize air in an internal sensing chamber. When smoke enters the chamber, the conductivity of the chamber air will decrease to a predetermined level, the alarm is set off. However, the ions can still flow through despite the particles in a real fire, such as black smoke, entering the chamber. These smoke alarms also have an expiration date so just because you change batteries regularly, the ions could have already expired.
Hero Fire Protection recommends using a photoelectric smoke alarm such as the OmniShield state-of-the-art smoke sensor because it will go off when black smoke is detected. Designed and engineered in the United States, OmniShield incorporates Texas Instruments micro-processors and RF modules to give your home a private network of wireless sensors, so if there is danger in one room, you are alerted in every room of the home. To learn more about this smoke detector, click HERE.
Make Fire Prevention a Regular Topic- While it’s important to commemorate Fire Prevention Week to promote fire safety, the topic of fire prevention is important to keep in mind every day.
If you would like to have your home evaluated for fire safety, let Hero Fire Protection help! We are a full-service fire protection company in Hawaii dedicated in educating families about the devastating effects of home fires and other home safety issues. Contact us today to get a FREE fire safety assessment and receive a FREE emergency kit.