October is Fire Prevention Month, and it's a perfect time to learn what you should do to prevent a fire in your home. In Tennessee and across the Nation, home fires are the number one disaster threat to you and your family. Home fires can be a deadly threat because they happen so quickly. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent home fires and save lives:
INSTALL AND TEST SMOKE ALARMS Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half:
• Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
• Test smoke alarms once a month.
• Change the batteries at least twice a year – if your model requires it.
• Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
MAKE A PLAN People may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. Everyone should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with all household members and practice it until everyone – including children – can escape in less than two minutes.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross Emergency App includes content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. Parents can download the Monster Guard App to help their children learn what to do and how to protect themselves. Both apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or by going to redcross.org/apps.
JOIN THE RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN The American Red Cross and partners across the country have set a goal to install 45,000 smoke alarms in homes during the month of October as part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. In the Nashville Area, we are installing smoke alarms in neighborhoods each weekend in October. If you'd like to sign up to volunteer, please contact David Kitchen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can make our homes, and the homes of our friends and neighbors, a safer place!