October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week!
Click on this link - Fire Prevention - it's a really great website (not to mention where I got these facts from!) that has TONS of info on it about fire safety and prevention.
In case you're not aware, twice a year (on both time changes) you are to change your smoke alarms batteries. Since it's not time change yet though, now would be a good time to at least check yours to make sure it's working properly! Okay, now for a few interesting facts!
- The top five days for home candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, Halloween and December 23
- On average, 42 home candle fires were reported per day
- The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February
- Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.
- Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires
- Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 23 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2003-2006 Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2010 NFPA
And, if you have kids, go visit Sparky! It's a fun little site that I think they'll enjoy!
Don't forget to thank a firefighter for all the hardwork they put in to keeping us safe!