The Syracuse Fire Department has joined forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and proclaimed Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 “Fire Prevention Week,” in order to remind 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, city officials stated.
“In a fire, seconds count,” Captain Keith Muhammad said. “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 have resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm,” 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;
- And, finally, call 911 from outside the home.
The Syracuse Fire Department will also be hosting the following activities, in order to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep:”
- School visits by fire engines and trucks;
- Smoke detector give-a-way;
- Appearance by Hector the Detector and Friends at Destiny Mall;
- and a Fire Prevention Trailer at Syracuse City Schools.
Contact the SFD Fire Prevention Bureau at 315-448-4777 to find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, or visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.