Abbotts Fire & Flood is a proud supporter of Fire Prevention Week. As the old saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the notorious blaze in October 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. The International Fire Marshals Association chose the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention.
- The installation of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter Breakers and Outlets could prevent as many as 50% of residential home fires.
- The US Consumer Product Safety Commission found 47% of electrocutions could be prevented with GFCI protection in homes.
- Each year 2,400 children in the US are treated for injuries caused by outlets. 1/3 of parents do not have outlets childproofed. Install Tamper Resistant Receptacles.
- Regular, long-term use of extension cords? Have more outlets installed. 3,300 home fires originate from extension cords each year.
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses and cracking, sizzling or buzzing from outlets can be signs of an overloaded circuit. 47,700 home fires in the US are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year.
- Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with no, or non-functioning, smoke alarms. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. After 10 years, the sensors in smoke alarms can begin to lose their sensitivity. Smoke alarms save lives!
- Test smoke detector batteries monthly and replace yearly.
- Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every floor, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
- More Americans die in home fires each year than all natural disasters combined.
- Only 23% of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Children and Senior Citizens are particularly vulnerable, more than twice as likely to die in a fire. The NFPA site on Basic Fire Escape Planning has excellent resources to create a Fire Escape Plan.
- 84 percent of parents admit they do not frequently discuss fire safety with their children. Check out Safe Kids Worldwide resources for discussing fire safety with your children.