YORK – Fire Prevention Week is scheduled for October 9-15 this year, and the theme is “Don’t Wait. Check the Date. Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
Tony Bestwick with the York Fire Department, has tips on smoke alarms…
NFPA engages audiences in different aspects of fire safety education through a myriad of tools and resources. For the last few years, the Fire Prevention Week theme has been about smoke alarms because they play an important role in protecting people and property from the devastation of fire. Research and history show that having a smoke alarm in the home cuts the chance of dying in a fire in half. Sadly, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without smoke alarms (38 percent) or with no working smoke alarms (21 percent).
Earlier this year we surveyed homeowners and learned that nearly 1 in 5 Americans who have smoke alarms are not at all sure how old the oldest smoke alarm in their home is.
Furthermore, 90% of Americans did not know that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Fire Prevention Week is the oldest public health and safety campaign on record. In fact, the President has observed Fire Prevention Week each year since 1922. The National FireProtection Association (NFPA), a nonprofit organization established in 1896, sponsors the campaign. NFPA is the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
Thank you for your sharing the message, “Don’t Wait. Check the Date. Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”