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Bringing Calm to Chaos
Courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association
Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Hernando County Fire Rescue is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Hernando County Fire Chief Hechler states, "This year's national fire prevention and life safety initiative concerning smoke detectors is extremely important", "in a fire, seconds count". "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."
This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
The Hernando County Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote "Hear the Beep where you Sleep!" Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Hernando County, please contact Hernando County Fire Rescue at 352-540-4353. To learn more about smoke alarms and "Hear the Beep where you Sleep", visit NFPA's website at www.firepreventionweek.org .
Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org . ©2014 NFPA
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