Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home.
In an effort to better educate the public about this “sleepy” smoke alarm requirement the Highlands Film and Broadcast Department has produced a video service announcement.
“Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, which started on Sunday.
The national fire alarm code, requires a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
“While we’ve long suspected that many people don’t know they need a smoke alarm in each bedroom, the questionnaire we posted last year confirmed those suspicions,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Fire Prevention Week presents the perfect opportunity to better educate the public about this potentially life-saving message.”
According to NFPA statistics, half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur at night between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. These facts underscore the extreme importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms.
|The Fort Thomas Fire Department went to Fort Thomas area schools to demonstrate fire safety. Here they are at St. Catherine. Picture used with permission.|
About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.