Free smoke alarm giveaway kicks off National Fire Prevention Week

Calvin Saunders
October 12, 2017

Hovind says each year the National Fire Protection Association changes up their theme to cover different topics.

Fire Prevention Week is also a good time to remind people to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors. Make plans to help them get out of the house. "The objective of Fire Prevention Week is to educated the public on the importance of fire safety education".

"It's important to have two ways out of the home in the event of fire in case one way gets blocked", said Jack Burt, assistant deputy fire chief.

Many people have fire extinguishers in their homes, but Forbush said people should not depend on them to put out anything more than basic kitchen fires. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The Fire Safety Trailer is used to educate children and adults on home safety practices and escape plans.

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One of the day's highlights is a fire prevention puppet show, he said, while another is a presentation where visitors can watch how firefighters extricate someone from an automobile.

"It's going to be very dark and smoky and there's a lot of fear at that time", said Jaco. A burning building should never be re-entered. The 2014 code has identified that as a major issue and now requires all new residential dwellings to have a smoke alarm on every level and in every bedroom. The Little Rock Fire Department offers smoke alarms to Little Rock residents who need one.

The NFPA recommends that parents teach children how to escape on their own, to close doors while escaping to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

ESFI continues to develop resources for at-risk communities living in older homes without updated fire prevention technology. Whether it's a tree, light pole, or some other permanent landmark, make sure your family has agreed on a meeting place to gather in front of your home after escaping. Reliable, properly placed smoke detectors are vital to keeping your family safe.

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