In America, we’ve been recognizing Fire Prevention Week for over 100 years. A house fire isn’t something any of us want to dwell on but this week is a good reminder to STOP, DROP – and think about a few very important things you can do to save yourself and your family, like changing batteries in smoke detectors and installing carbon monoxide/explosive gas detectors.
Over the years, our country has certainly had some unique fire prevention themes:
- 1936 – Stop it
- 1942 – Today Every Fire Helps Hitler
- 1945 – We Burned the Enemy – Now Save Yourself From Fire
- 1946 – Fire is the Silent Partner of Inflation
- 1950 – Don’t Let Fire Lick You
While these titles may leave us scratching our heads in amusement, they certainly get our attention.
Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
This week, give fire safety your attention. Test all the smoke detectors in your home and replace all batteries with a fresh batch. The National Fire Protection Association recommends having a smoke detector in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
Who Should Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector?
Anyone who has at least one fuel-burning device in their home. Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning because it is tasteless and odorless. Caused by the incomplete burning of various fuels, Carbon monoxide can go undetected for long periods of time with dire consequences. Experts recommend having a CO detector (alarm) on every level of the home. The alarm should be tested once a month and wiped clean of dust and debris.
What is a Gas Explosion Alarm?
Propane and natural gas are highly flammable. Propane tanks are inherently safe when used and installed correctly, but a gas leak can cause an explosion resulting in loss of property and life. A gas detector or gas explosion alarm is a small unit, usually with a digital display, that sounds when it detects the presence of gas. Many companies now sell all-in-one units that work for both gas and carbon monoxide. A relatively cheap investment for your safety and peace of mind.
Finally, make sure your family has an escape route in case the unthinkable happens. Make sure kids know how to get out of the house in case of a fire and plan a designated meeting spot. Remember, “get out and stay out.”