October is Fire Prevention Month, and it is a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business. The 2016 theme for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."
According to the NFPA in 2014 fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 injuries and $6.8 billion in property damage. Roughly half of home fire deaths occur in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Smoke alarms save lives! In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire, in half! When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Check your smoke alarms today to ensure your safety!