Itasca, IL – Oct. 9-15 is National Fire Prevention Week and the National Safety Council has partnered with Amerexand First Alert to provide information and tools to help keep people safe. In 2009, there were 3,200 unintentional deaths related to fire, smoke and flames – the sixth leading cause of unintentional death – according to the Council’s Injury Facts, 2011 Edition. A variety of materials to prevent fire-related tragedies can be found atnsc.org/firepreventionweek.
“As we head into the cooler months, risk of fire increases for reasons such as a greater use of heating equipment. Fire Prevention Week is a great time to focus on how to prevent and fight unexpected fires,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “The Council appreciates the support of Amerex and First Alert to help spread these important fire
Take steps to prevent fires:
- Have properly working smoke alarms
- Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year
- Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom
- Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month
- Install a home sprinkler system
- Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering withbusinesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make an impact where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur, in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and beyond the workplace, particularly in and near our homes.