Spring Forward & Test those Alarms

12 03 2011

Its time to Spring Forward! Dont forget to set your clocks a hour ahead and most importantly change those barreries in those Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms tonight!!

Its very important to have both WORKING Smoke and Carbom Monoxide Alarms on every level of your home! How important is it you ask? Well heres some info from the NFPA ( National Fire Protection Association )

Almost all households in the U.S. have at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2003-2006, smoke alarms were present in only two-thirds (69%) of all reported home fires and operated in just under half (47%) of the reported home fires. (“Homes” includes one- and two-family homes, apartments, and manufactured housing.) Forty percent of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, while 23% resulted from homes in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate

EVERY DAY There are stories in the news about fire related deaths and most of them are children! ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO TEACH CHILDREN FIRE SAFETY!! Children are NEVER to young to learn about fire safety and how to call 911 for help!!

The thing i enjoy most about being a firefighter is teaching young children fire safety!!


This Smoke alarm was once a WORKING ALARM! It SAVED my buddy’s house in 2008!!  I was staying at his place and was only one there at the time, The alarm went off and there was a fire on 2nd floor, If that alarm wasnt working i wouldnt had know till it was to late so with me being there and that WORKING alarm it saved his house! Fire was caused by a candle and candels are 2nd leading causes of fires!!

Carbon Monoxide ( CO ) alarms are also as important as a Smoke alarm! Unlike Smoke Carbon Monoxide is the SILENT KILLER! You can not smell or see CO! The only way you will you have CO is by the Alarm or untill u get sick then its too late!!

Heres some CO facts from NFPA

In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

  • The dangers of CO exposure depend on a number of variables, including the victim’s health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body’s ability to use oxygen (i.e. emphysema, asthma, heart disease) can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be.
  • A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
  • In 2005, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 61,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of seven such calls per hour.  The number of incidents increased 18 percent from 51,700 incidents reported in 2003. This increase is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO.

 

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2 responses

12 03 2011
Ava Aston's Muckery

Thanks fro the reminder Dave!

Blessings,

Ava
xox

12 03 2011
davehitt29

You betcha! Be safe! xox

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