Fire Prevention Week will be observed Oct. 3-9. The theme of the week is “Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with.”
Here are some safety tips from Whitesburg Fire Captain Mark A. Sexton:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom and each level of the home including the basement and attic.
• Test your smoke alarms once a month.
• Change the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year when the time changes.
• Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
• Conduct fire drills at home, know two ways out, have a meeting place once outside and never go back inside.
• To report a fire or emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Each year nearly 3,000 people die in home fires in the United States. Smoke alarms reduce the risk of deaths by nearly 50 percent. Related residential fire deaths show that 40 percent of homes had no smoke alarms, and 23 percent had smoke alarms which did not sound.
The first proclamation issued for Fire Prevention Week was in 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge signed a proclamation for national observance of Fire Prevention Week during the week of Oct. 9. It is the longest running public health and safety observance.