The NFPA has announced that this year’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week, occurring October 4th through the 10th, will be “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”. This decision comes as a result of an alarming number of people responding to an online quiz posted by the NFPA who did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in every bedroom in the home. Most people are aware of the importance of smoke alarm installation and maintenance, but the lack of smoke alarms in locations where they sleep is a growing concern.
Despite the years that have been dedicated to fire safety and prevention education many households still fail to adhere to the national fire alarm code which states that every home should be equipped with a smoke detector on every level of the home, outside of every sleeping area and inside every bedroom. Nearly half of all home fire related deaths occur as a result of a fire that started between the hours of 11 PM and 7 AM, when people are typically asleep.
This year, the NFPA, fire safety instructors and educators alike will be doubling their efforts to educate the public and spread awareness about the importance of protecting against fire injuries and deaths while sleeping. You can get involved by making sure friends, family and neighbors know about the need for smoke detectors in every bedroom or by handing our your own fire prevention week giveaways from Foremost Promotions.
Installing and maintaining smoke alarms in every bedroom is such a small effort to make when you consider how it can save your life one day in the future. Make sure you are able to hear the beep where you sleep and do your part to help protect the people you care about by spreading awareness about smoke alarms in the bedroom this October during Prevention Week.