American Red Cross
As the country marks National Fire Prevention Week October 3-9 the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is urging everyone to help save lives by making sure their home is protected by smoke alarms.
“The largest percentage of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or alarms that don’t work,” said Dan Samborn, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Area Chapter “Smoke alarms provide a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire, and that extra time can save lives.”
People who do not have smoke alarms in their home should have them installed, and those with smoke alarms should make sure they have been properly maintained and updated.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, as well as inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas of the home. People should test their smoke alarms once a month by pushing the test button, and replace alarm batteries at least once a year. Other smoke alarm safety recommendations include:
The Red Cross also recommends that families create and practice a home fire escape plan, which should include at least two escape routes for every room in the home. Families should choose a convenient meeting place outside of the home and practice their escape plan at least twice a year with all family members.
Nationally, the Red Cross responds to thousands of local fires throughout the country every year. Last year, the Capital Area Chapter responded to 190 local fires in the Big Bend including Franklin, Liberty, Wakulla, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison and Taylor counties.
The Red Cross reminds people of the following fire safety tips they should take:
More information on home fire safety is available on www.tallyredcross.org. People can help those affected by home fires and other emergencies by making a financial donation to the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311.