October is fire prevention month and local fire departments want to remind you to test your smoke alarms. Today (Wednesday – October 10th) the West Elmira Fire Department held an open house for the community from 5:00 PM -7:30 PM focusing on fire prevention and educating the public on fire safety!
Fire Prevention Week (Oct 7-13) is this week. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is urging New Yorkers to take note of basic fire safety tips and advice that can help save lives and ensure their smoke alarms are in proper working order so that they, and their families, are protected against fire.
FASNY specifically encourages New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for 10 years. These alarms do not require any battery changes during their lifespan and are nearly impossible to disable.
Actually, most fatal fires happen between midnight and 8AM, and it takes only a few moments for fire to spread through a house. Occupants of a burning home may only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the smoke and flames. Working smoke alarms help ensure that people are awakened and able to take advantage of those precious minutes.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. Firefighters frequently encounter smoke alarms with missing or dead batteries, meaning these homes are defenseless against fire.
Some smoke alarm tips from the NFPA include:
– Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in each bedroom and near all sleeping areas.
-Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they are working. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
– Interconnect your smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do.