October is National Fire Prevention Month
National Fire Prevention Month is a good time to educate people about what they should do to prevent a fire in their home. Each page of the 2017 Colorado Firefighter Calendar includes a child fire safety tip. Make sure to review them as a family (with your children) monthly. Here are additional ways to prevent or be prepared in case of a fire:
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 once a year — if your model requires it.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. To find out, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.
Make A Plan
- People may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs.
- Households should 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.
More Information and Resources:
Tips for preventing burn injuries and what do if your child is burned:
Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Unit
Fire Prevention in the Home:
National Fire Prevention Association