SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - --
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!"
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
"In a fire, seconds count," said Lt. Col. Christopher Carter, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron commander and Shaw AFB Fire Marshal. "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."
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
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.
· If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
· Call the fire department from outside the home.
The Shaw Fire Department will be hosting activities at the Exchange, child development center, youth center, and area schools, and on Oct. 9 the week will close with a fire muster competition. Any team of two may compete, but registration closes Sept. 28. Please contact Master Sgt. Aaron Bunyea at 803-895-4600 or by email to register your teams.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, please contact the Fire Prevention office at 803-895-4600. To learn more about smoke alarms and "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!" visit NFPA's website
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