It Is Fire Prevention Week!

“Don’t Wait Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

Today through Saturday, October 15 is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is  “Don’t Wait Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

You can learn more about Fire Prevention Week: Commemorating a conflagration

Some fast facts of interest from our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association:

Home fires

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.
  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.

Smoke alarms

  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel would like to remind all residents that fire prevention should be practiced every day of the year.