Fire prevention month

The President of the United States has signed a proclamation designating October as National Fire Prevention Month. Observed annually since 1922, National Fire Prevention Month is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

The theme for this year’s event is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep—Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”  Fire protection codes require a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on every level of a home.

Half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur at night between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. These facts underscore the extreme importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms.

“Smoke alarms can make the difference between life and death in a fire,” said LPFPD4 James Wascom. “Alarms can alert people in time to escape a fire, but they need to be in working order and installed in all the required locations.”.

For more information, visit http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week.