National Fire Prevention Association: How to Protect Yourself

NFPAThe NFPA recommends people replace their alarms every decade and install both types of technology for the earliest possible warning. Here are other ways to protect your family:

  • The most important safety advice about smoke alarms is to have themand keep them in good working order. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly all U.S. homes have smoke detectors today, but in one out of every five homes, those detectors are not working.
  • Buy brand new smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner. They lose their sensitivity over time. While you’re at it, buy some ionization and some photoelectric smoke detectors.
  • Get detectors for every level of your house, and preferably every room, especially inside bedrooms.
  • If possible, buy alarms that are interconnected, so if there’s a fire in one part of your house, the alarm there automatically triggers all the other alarms in your house.
  • Change the batteries when you change your clocks and test your smoke alarms once a month by pushing the button.
  • It’s best to install most smoke alarms on your ceilings rather than walls, because smoke rises, and that gives you the earliest possible warning. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for optimum placement.
  • To avoid nuisance alarms, keep smoke detectors a reasonable distance away from cooking appliances, but still close enough to warn you, since cooking is the number one cause of household fires.
  • You should develop a fire evacuation plan for your home and practice it. Keep in mind that children and the elderly often sleep through smoke alarms. So your plan should include taking the time to wake them and get them out. You might want to test your smoke alarms overnight when family members are sleeping and see if they wake up.
  • The old standard was to install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. Now experts recommend also installing one on the ceiling of each bedroom, because the earlier you get the warning, the more time you have to get out.
  • For more information visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website.

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Fire is the 2nd leading cause of accidental child death according to the PA Dept. of Health.  In all of the cases studied, there were not any working smoke detectors present.  There are thousands of families throughout the Philadelphia area who Sponsor a Fire Safety Kit for a family in need and receive a $150.00 Gift Card (good at over 18,000 locations nationwide!)  The following life-saving items come with the fire safety kit:

Fire Safety Item #1: Photoelectric Smoke DetectorsFire Alarm Picture

Non-working smoke detectors are a leading cause of fire-related death.

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In studies reported by NBC & ABC News, photoelectric smoke detectors outperformed ionization smoke detectors for house fires.


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Fire Blanket2Fire Blankets are flame-retardant and can be used to put out small fires or be worn as a protective shield to prevent burns.

Fire Blankets are re-usable and are used worldwide to stop fires and prevent fire injury!


Fire Safety Item #3: Tot Finder Stickers

Tot Finder ACIThe Tot Finder Program was the most successful Fire Safety programs of all-time, but was discontinued due to a lack of funding.

The Tot Finder Stickers are reflective so firefighters can find a child’s room through the thick smoke caused by a house fire.

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Pet FinderPet Finder Stickers help firefighters know that there are pets in the home that need saving in a fire!

Many homeowners run back into the home to save their pet, but most firefighters recommend waiting for a professional firefighter.


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Fire Safety Manual Cover2The Fire Safety Manual teaches homeowners and their families how to prevent fires, gives first aid tips, and teaches children what to during a fire.

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