October 3 - 9 is Fire Prevention Week!
Boise, Sept. 30, 2010 - The Boise Fire Department is reminding citizens that October is a good time to check smoke alarms and electrical cords, keep matches and lighters away from children, and go over a family fire safety plan as part of National Fire Protection Week, October 3 - 9, 2010.
Boise firefighters will visit local elementary schools and talk to children about fire safety. Every year during Fire Prevention Week, Boise firefighters visit schools and speak with students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Firefighters hand out to the students a fun and informative Fire Safety handbook written especially for children and donated to Boise Fire by local McDonald's restaurants. Studies show senior citizens and young children are most at risk from fire injuries.
"There's a famous phrase in firefighting that goes, 'No one was ever hurt in a fire that didn't start,'" said Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan.
"We also know that working smoke alarms save lives. We're urging citizens to check their homes and to talk about fire safety with their family to prevent fires, damage and injuries. We also urge folks who have elderly family members or neighbors to help them check the smoke alarms in their homes. That's some neighborly advice that could save a life." said Chief Doan.
Smoke Alarms: A Sound you can Live With
This years theme for Fire Prevention Month is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound you can Live With". National statistics say in 40% of home fire deaths there were no smoke alarms in the home. In Boise, over the past year, three people have died in residential fires. Of those three, two of the homes did not have a working smoke alarm.
Fire Prevention experts say the biggest reason for smoke alarm failure is dead batteries! Firefighters recommend you test the batteries on your home's smoke detectors at least once a month by pushing the test button.
The National Fire Protection Association has excellent videos, fact sheets and more on home smoke alarms. Just go to: www.nfpa.org .
Home Fire Protection Checklist
As we enter the cooler months of the year, it's important to remember that heating equipment causes 22% of fires that result in a fatality.
Space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Chimneys and home heating systems should be cleaned or inspected once a year. Carbon monoxide alarms are also recommended for homes in addition to smoke detectors.
For a complete home fire prevention checklist, go to www.nfpa.org/homechecklist .
Have a Boise Fire Prevention Expert speak to your community group!
Fire prevention experts from the Boise Fire Department are happy to speak to community groups about fire safety. For more, contact the Boise Fire Department administrative office at 570-6500.