National Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9.
This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!" According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which sponsors Fire Protection Week, "This year's campaign works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make." A few reminders from this year's NFPA campaign include:
Hear a Beep, Get on Your Feet!
-- A continued set of three loud beeps (beep-beep-beep) signifies smoke or fire. If you hear this, evacuate your home, go to a safe place and call 911 immediately.
-- A continued set of four loud beeps (beep-beep-beep-beep) signifies CO is present in your home. If you hear this, evacuate your home, go to a safe place and call 911 immediately.
Hear a Chirp, Make a Change!
-- For both smoke and CO alarms, a single "chirp" every 30 to 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
-- For both smoke and CO alarms, chirping that continues after batteries have been replaced signifies that your alarm is at the end of its life cycle and needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years.
FIRE SAFETY QUICK TIPS:
In addition to learning the sounds, practice these safety tips:
1. Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. The alarms should be placed inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
2. Create an escape plan and practice your route in the event of a fire -- always locating two ways to exit each room, such as a door or window.
3. Choose a meeting place outside for your household to gather, such as a mailbox or a tree, that is a good distance away from your home.
4. Ensure both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of everyone in your home, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
5. Ensure that you have working fire extinguishers in places like the kitchen, garage and barn, and on farm equipment, in the case that a fire would occur.
"Every year at our Progressive Agriculture Safety Day(R), we offer a session on fire safety, and each student receives a smoke detector and batteries. Sadly, several months after the Safety Day, the home of a second-grade student in our community burned down. As I arrived at the homesite to see if I could help in any way, I heard a smoke detector beeping. Immediately, it occurred to me that this student was in the first grade last year and would have participated in our Safety Day. So, I cautiously made my way to the back door where the beeping was coming from. As I peeked in, I was able to see that the detector was in fact one that we had distributed at Safety Day. Later, I talked to the family, and they confirmed that it was one of our Safety Day detectors."
- Susan Lacy, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day(R) Coordinator in Columbia, Kentucky
FIND US ONLINE:
-- Visit progressiveag.org or call us at 888-257-3529 for a complete list of all upcoming Safety Days or to see how you can host a Safety Day during 2022 or 2023.
-- Send a child to a Safety Day by donating today. Text SAFETYDAY to 44321.
-- The Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) is proud to be recognized as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. Additionally, PAF has a 3-star rating with Charity Navigator and was awarded a Platinum Seal of Transparency with GuideStar. All donations are tax-deductible.
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