The Coppell Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents about the importance of working smoke alarms.
In 2007-2011, smoke alarms sounded in half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (37%) of the home fire deaths.
Source: NFPA’s “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires” report, (March 2014)
“The key is to make sure you have the correct number of properly placed and maintained, working smoke alarms inside your home,” said Coppell fire chief, Kevin Richardson.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire injuries and deaths.
“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half,” Richardson said.
“About half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are sleeping,” Deputy Fire Chief, Tim Oates, said.
Deputy Chief Oates, along with most smoke alarm manufacturers, recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.
“Smoke alarms lose their ability to detect smoke over the years due to dust build up on the sensors or just the breakdown in the sensing chambers due to age of the appliance,” Oates said. “Newer technologies, like 10 year lithium batteries and better sensors able to differentiate between dust and smoke, make them more reliable.”
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
Test your smoke alarms every month.
When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
SOURCE Coppell Fire Department