Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leading independent product safety and testing organization 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 planning.
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 safety 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 that 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 immediately. 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).