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Fire Prevention Week kicks off today: Hear the Beep where you Sleep!

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By Lauren Backstrom

Today is a big day. Fire Prevention Week kicks off, and will continue all the way through Saturday the 10th!

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! That’s why, this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme aims to keep your family safe with working smoke alarms in every bedroom. The official theme is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.”

We hope everyone will install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

NFPA is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms. Visit NFPA’s “Smoke Alarm Central” and Fire Prevention Week website for more information, resources, messages, videos and a fun, interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

Also, be sure to join the conversation on social media using #FirePreventionWeek.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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