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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week.

For release on: October 2, 2014

For more information contact: Captain Derek Glover 225-261-2000 dglover@centralfd.org

Central Fire Department Reminds Central City Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Central, La  October 2, 2014 – Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Central Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, 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.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Captain Derek Glover. “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.
  • 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 Central Fire Department will be hosting activities going to schools and daycares during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!” 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 Central, please contact the Central Fire Department at 225-261-2000. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives”, visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org and our web site at www.centralfd.org

 

**Smoke Detectors**

They make a difference!

Your life and property are worth more than the time and cost of smoke detector maintenance. We urge all homeowners to keep and maintain smoke detectors!  Smoke alarms have to have batteries to work.  Change the batteries every six months and perform a monthly alarm check .

Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm.

Make sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm.

  Fire Safety for Older Adults

We tend to think that fire safety is just something we need to teach to kids, that is extremely important, but also we need to reach out to older adults.  People are living longer and people age 85 and older die in fires at a rate 4.4 times higher than the rest of the population. Call us if you would like  set up an escape plan.    Below are some  precautionary steps to help older adults:

    • Don’t leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke in bed.
    • Never leave cooking unattended, use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
    • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home.
    • Know at least two exits from every room
    • Check that all doors and windows that lead outside have a clear path to get to them and that they open easily.
    • Let a close neighbor or relative know if you have special needs that may be important information for the fire department to know.
    • Special fire safety devices are available for people with special needs, such as: smoke alarms with flashing light or some that connect to a strobe light outside of house to let other see.

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