Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fulton County Observes Fire Prevention Week 2015

According to National Fire Protection Association (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. On Saturday October 3, 2015, Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will hold its first Community Day to share information about fire prevention and safety. The event will take place from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at The Enon Church located at 3550 Enon Road in College Park. All resident are invited to come out for the fun, food and infotainment while learning the importance of having working smoke alarms throughout their homes.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of smoke alarms in fire prevention and safety,” says Fulton County Fire Chief Larry Few. “I invite all residents to come out for our Community Day to speak to with us and other Fulton County departments to learn ways they can improve safety in their homes.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half, on average each year.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

NFPA recommends:

  • Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
  • Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

Fulton County residents are encouraged to visit their local fire station during Fire Prevention Week to learn more about what steps they can take to prevent fires. For more information about Fulton County Fire Rescue Department events, call (404) 612-5700 or visit http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-about. Follow them on Twitter @FCFRD.

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