According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org), fire prevention week is from October 7th through October 13th, 2012. In lieu of this, we thought we’d bring you the very important public service announcement from Fire Marshall Bill Burns, above. Seriously though, was there any funnier character on In Living Color than Fire Marshall Bill? I think not.
Anyway, now that you’ve had a few chuckles, let’s talk about preventing fires in your home. While smoke alarms cannot actually prevent a fire from igniting, they are still an important defense against injury or death in house fires. In fact, the NFPA states that nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities happen in homes with non-working or missing smoke detectors.
Kinda hard to believe isn’t it? In 2012, you’d think that all homes in America would have smoke alarms by now right? Not the case! We’ve inspected hundreds of homes in Connecticut and even now, in this day and age, occasionally we’ll find a house with no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. Admittedly, they’re far and few in between.
However, we find plenty of homes where batteries have died in smoke detectors, leaving the homeowners with a false sense of security. Technology is only as good as the humans that control it.
Fortunately, most building codes now require smoke detectors in all residential structures, which has resulted in a steep drop in fire- and smoke-related deaths. So in light of fire prevention week, here are 7 tips for fire safety: