Find Out More at Community Outreach Events during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11
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, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 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 without working smoke alarms.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will host activities 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.
Fire Rescue will be at the following locations to provide fire safety information:
· Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Firehouse Subs – 1921 W. Brandon Blvd. – Brandon, 33511
· Saturday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Firehouse Subs – 1013 E. Bloomingdale Ave. – Valrico, 33596
· Saturday, Oct. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Red Robin – Citrus Park Mall
In a fire, seconds count, according to the Hillsborough County Fire Marshal’s Office. 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, the office says.
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, including the basement.
· 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.
To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives,” visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org. For more information about Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the events scheduled during Fire Prevention Week, call Nacole Revette, Public Information Officer, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, (813) 277-6671.
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