Fire Prevention Month
The 2019 Fire Prevention Week theme is
"Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape."
Each year we recognize Fire Prevention Week the first full week of October. Our Frisco Fire Clowns recognize the entire month by providing a visit to all Frisco elementary schools to clown around with the kids and provide important safety messages to students. Using fun and lively skits, the Frisco Fire Clowns show students the importance of a variety of safety messages such as: preventing fires, planning fire escape routes in their homes, testing smoke detectors, knowing how and when to dial 911 and more.
While the Frisco fire clowns make children of all ages laugh, their key messages are serious. According to the National Association of Fire Protection (NFPA) in 2014, one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds, one civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes and one civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 41 minutes in the United States.
By promoting safety education, the children of Frisco are provided with the tools and training they need to make sure they and their families are not included in that statistic.
Home Fire Safety
The NFPA has directed their fire prevention efforts at targeting burn awareness and prevention, keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires and educating on the importance of working smoke alarms.
According to the NFPA, smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.
Many of the fires that occur inside homes are easily preventable. Taking the time to look around your home and identify potential safety issues is half the battle.
Home Safety Checklist
Check out the Home Fire Inspection Checklist (PDF) that families can review together to identify possible fire safety issues. As well, below are a few basic actions you can take that will help to decrease the odds of a fire in your home:
- Appliances: Do not operate the clothes dryer without a lint filter. Clean lint filters before or after each use and remove accumulated lint from around the drum. Turn off the dryer before leaving your home.
- Candles: Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Avoid using candles in bedrooms or sleeping areas. Extinguish candles when you leave a room, being careful not to splatter wax when doing so. As a safer alternative, consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
- Cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period time, turn off the stove.
- Electrical: Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords; use extension cords for temporary wiring only. Consider having additional circuits or receptacles added by a qualified electrician.
- Heating: Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from any type of heating equipment, such as a space heater or fireplace.
- Smoke Alarm Information Sheet: Test smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year. One way to remember to do this is change your clock - change your battery. Schedule this task for the start or end of Daylight Saving Time
For more detailed information on these topics and others please visit the NFPA's Safety Tips Sheets page.