Fire doesn’t discriminate. It can strike at any time and take the innocent lives of children, adults, seniors and pets. Sadly, since January, 30 people have lost their lives in home fires in N.J., and last year 43 people died.
Whether you live in a condo, townhome, apartment, single or multi-family home, learning about fire safety and putting fire prevention tips into practice can save lives.
And, installing fire sprinklers in your home can reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent and reduce property loss by 70 percent.
There are a tremendous amount of resources designed for people of all ages from children to seniors to help improve fire safety. During Fire Prevention Month, please make safety a priority and take a few minutes to review the tips, information, and resources below and then incorporate them into your own fire prevention routine.
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“Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!” is the theme for NPFA’s Fire Prevention Week campaign designed to educate everyone about the small but important actions theycan take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Fire can devastate lives and property in a matter of minutes. NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires (that is one home fire every 86 seconds). These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
The most common causes for home fires are cooking, home heating equipment, and smoking.
To keep your family safe follow thse tips:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
Fire Prevention Week was established in 1925 as a National Observance during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire.
The Fire which began on Oct. 8, 1871 destroyed 1/3 of the City of Chicago. Nearly 300 people lost their lives, 100,000 were left homeless, and more than 17,400 structures were destroyed across 2,000 acres of land.
Many believed the fire was started whenMrs. O’Leary’s cow knocked over a lantern, but that myth has never been proven. No matter what the cause, the massive destruction of this fire changed the way firefighters and public officials thought about fire.
Fire Sprinklers Save Lives and Property. Fire Sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying
in a fire by 80%
Property damage is reduced
by 70% when sprinklers
Home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive
The average cost of installing sprinklers in a new home is only $1.35 per sprinklered square foot (People often pay more per foot for granite countertops)
Most home fires occur
between 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Only 1/3 of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries.
Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting
the risk of dying in home fires in half.
Fire may spread more quickly in newer homes that have larger open spaces, are built with lightweight construction materials, and contain furniture stuffed with combustible materials.
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