Disaster Zone

October Is Fire Prevention Month

Have you taken these fire prevention steps?

by Eric Holdeman / October 3, 2018

See the Red Cross information below. This is something the Holdemans pay attention to — especially when we had children living at home. I would also note that I personally know two people who had their house catch fire and they stood in the front yard watching their homes burn.

"The American Red Cross urges everyone to take two simple steps — practice fire drills at home and check smoke alarms monthly — to stay safe from the nation’s most frequent and deadliest disaster.

On average, seven people die every day from home fires, which take more lives each year than all other natural disasters combined in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. But working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

Experts say that today’s home fires burn faster than ever, leaving people with only as little as two minutes to escape a burning residence. But many mistakenly believe they have more time, according to a Red Cross survey last year. During Fire Prevention Week, the Red Cross urges everyone to take these lifesaving steps:

  • Develop a fire escape plan with everyone in your household and practice it at least twice a year. Need help with your plan? Use these free Home Fire Campaign resources.
  • Install smoke alarms in your home, on every level and outside each sleeping area. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year if required [This month is a good time to do that.]
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what they should do if they hear one.
  • Make sure all household members know two ways to escape from every room.
  • Establish a family meeting spot outside.

Last item:

How to Test and Install a Smoke Alarm Video: https://vimeo.com/267885776