Smoke alarm protection needed for each bedroom

| October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Federal Fire Department firefighters attend to a wildfire that started north of McNair Gate, here, in 2012. (File photo)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Federal Fire Department firefighters attend to a wildfire that started north of McNair Gate, here, in 2012. (File photo)

Story and photo by
Fire Inspector Angela Sanders
Federal Fire Department
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm.

That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Federal Fire Department (FFD) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Smoke alarms help
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

The FFD Prevention Chief Jeffrey Fernaays would like you to know, according to NFPA statistics, “In a fire, seconds count. Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
•Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
•Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
•Test alarms, at least monthly, by pushing the test button.
•Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old, or sooner, if they don’t respond properly.
•Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
•If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
•Call the fire department from outside the home.

Appearances
The FFD will be at the following locations during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
•Friday, Oct. 9, at National Night Out at Aliamanu Military Reservation Community Center, 4-6 p.m.
•Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Mololani Community Center, 3-7 p.m.
•Friday, Oct. 30, at the Fall Festival at Hickam Makai Recreation Center, 4-6:30 p.m.
•Saturday, Oct. 31, at Aloha Stadium, UH vs. Air Force Football, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

B3_FFD Fire Prevention Week_001Learn More
For more information about FFD, contact Fire Inspector Angela Sanders at (808) 471-3303, ext. 617.
To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
visit www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.

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