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Fire Prevention Week

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This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme is "Don't Wait, Check the Date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years." Learn all about smoke alarm safety with this trivia quiz. Be sure to share your results!


Spread the Word

How can you help spread the word?

Through our experience, kids of any age enjoy seeing the fire trucks and firefighters in their turnout gear. But, what if you can’t produce those things?

Get involved by hosting a neighborhood barbecue. Invite your community members to meet each other and share some tips for fire safety. Our top tip for families is to make a fire escape plan and practice it. Designate a gathering/meeting area for your family after you escape in case you are separated. Another tip is to know your surroundings and what goes on in your neighborhood.  

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by identifying potential fire safety hazards in and around your home. Garages, kitchens and basements are areas that need special attention. Do you have old paint to dispose? Chemicals that aren’t labeled? Is your basement in need of a good decluttering? All of these items can produce combustion. Find more information the NFPA website. While you're there, take the fire safety survey and find hidden dangers in your home. 

Contact your local fire department and see if they are having an open house or organizing an event. You might be surprised that most are able to install a smoke alarm for you.