Working smoke alarms are the foundation of a good fire safety plan, but you may have only a few minutes to escape to safety once the fire alarm sounds. It’s important to take the time to prepare your home and family before a fire emergency occurs.
Arlington, VA (Vocus) October 4, 2010
Earlier today, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) announced the launch of its newest state-of-the-art online learning tool. The Virtual Fire Drill has been developed to provide the public with an interesting and informative resource to help them prepare for a fire emergency.
According to estimates by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 380,000 home fires occur in the United States each year, causing 2,840 deaths, 13,160 injuries, and $6.4 billion in property damage.
“There are steps you can take in your home to reduce the risks of death and injury from a home fire. ESFI created the Virtual Fire Drill to help increase public awareness about the importance of proactive fire planning,” says ESFI president Brett Brenner.
The Virtual Fire Drill is an engaging, interactive tool that delivers all of the information necessary for the development of an effective fire safety plan. Users are provided with guidelines to help ensure that their homes are adequately protected by smoke alarms and other fire safety devices, as well as lifesaving tips for evacuating during a fire emergency. A video game-style simulation allows users to put their newfound knowledge to the test by “escaping” from a virtual fire.
After successfully navigating the simulation, a Fire Safety Planning Checklist and collateral materials guide users through the process of developing an effective fire safety plan for their own families.
“Fire safety planning involves more than just remembering to test your smoke alarms,” reminds Brenner. “Working smoke alarms are the foundation of a good fire safety plan, but you may have only a few minutes to escape to safety once the fire alarm sounds. It’s important to take the time to prepare your home and family before a fire emergency occurs.”
ESFI is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote Fire Prevention Week, October 3–9. To experience the Virtual Fire Drill and learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit ESFI’s website at http://www.electrical-safety.org.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities in the home and the workplace. For more information about ESFI and National Electrical Safety Month, visit http://www.electrical-safety.org.