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Oct 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week

Posted Oct 07 2008 6:21pm

Laboratories (UL), a leading independent product safety and testing
and resource for fire safety information for families, is working to effectively
increase consumer awareness and knowledge of fire safety by promoting and
discussing the three P’s of fire safety – prevention, protection and

Below are some fire safety tips brought to you by Underwriters Laboratories.

•PREVENTION: Children and families still lack adequate knowledge of fire
risks and safety tips. To help create awareness, parents can take some of the
following suggested steps:
o Parents should talk to their child in a calm, assured manner about fire
o Create opportunities for children to learn about fire safety at home

• PROTECTION: SMOKE ALARMS: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in
reported home structure fires in half.
o In a 2004 NFPA phone survey, nearly 96% of U.S. households had at least one
smoke alarm, yet in 2000-2004, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in
almost half (46%) of the reported home fires.
o There are two types of smoke alarms available today: photoelectric and
ionization (dual-technology is available as well). UL strongly recommends
having both technologies optimizes detection and permits families the best
available escape time in home fire situations.
o Another great option for families is interconnected technology to link all
alarms in a home.

•PLANNING AN ESCAPE PLAN: A plan of escape is critical. Not only should
families have one, they should practice
it regularly.
o According to a 2004 NFPA survey, two in three (66%) Americans have actually
developed a home fire escape plan, but only a fraction of that – about one
third (35%) – have actually practiced them.
o Studies have shown that children may not always wake up from smoke alarms so
will need special attention in an escape plan. Teach your children how to escape
in case of a fire – not to hide under a bed or in a closet.

GET OUT AND STAY OUT: If a fire begins in your home, do not attempt to control
it. Families should
exit the home
 Home fires are burning hotter and up to five times faster than they did 30
years ago, according to federal research.
 Approximately 39% of civilian fire injuries result from trying to control a
fire (2005).


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