Hoffman Estates, Ill. (PRWEB) October 08, 2012
Sears and Kmart are teaming with First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety, and local fire protection services throughout the country to promote fire prevention and safety during its “National Safety Weekend” Oct. 13-14. Two days of fire safety education and activities will be held at select Sears and Kmart locations as a part of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13). Additionally, the companies will donate 1,500 First Alert® smoke alarms to more than 50 fire departments across the U.S. to help equip those most in need.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of reported home fire deaths in the U.S. result from fires in homes with either no smoke alarms or non-working alarms due to batteries that are dead or missing. Unprotected, these homes and their occupants are at risk of becoming among the 900 lives lost each year in the U.S. to fires in homes with no functioning alarms.
“There is no question that smoke alarms help save lives, but they have to be installed properly, and they have to be working,” said Deborah Hanson, director of public affairs for First Alert. “Most Americans understand the importance of having smoke alarms in their homes but many do not realize that regular testing and maintenance is required to ensure proper performance in an emergency.”
The NFPA recommends that smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom and on every level of a home. Function should be tested weekly and batteries should be replaced every six months. Most alarms have a lifespan of about 10 years (87,000 hours), after which units should be replaced.
Additionally, placing a fire extinguisher or a fire extinguishing spray on every level of the home and in key locations, such as next to the stove, near a fireplace, and in a workshop or garage can assist in battling small fires. Practicing a home escape plan with all family members at least twice a year is another important step.
“Ongoing safety education is a key factor in reducing the number of residential fires that occur each year,” added Hanson. “Getting alarms into the hands of those most in need is of equal importance. We applaud Sears and Kmart as well as the participating local fire officials for their efforts in furthering this mission.”
To learn more about protecting your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide, visit the First Alert website at http://www.firstalert.com. To learn more on fire safety for children, visit http://keepkidsfiresafe.org.
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