Area firefighters are encouraging residents to check their smoke alarms and develop a home escape plan.
“People usually have an escape plan in place but never practice it,” said White Settlement Fire Chief Brian Thompson. “It’s just as important to practice it as it is to have one in place.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) for more than 90 years, is gearing up to officially kick off this year’s campaign. The theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
“Smoke alarms can help make the difference between life and death in a fire, but they need to be working,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign reinforces the importance of testing smoke alarms each month, and works to ensure that people have the needed protection in the event of a home fire.”
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. While research shows that most U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.