October is Fire Safety Month Hopefully, everyone is prepared for any emergency that may occur in your home and/or business. The month of October is typically when fire departments all over the country conduct seminars, training and prepare to visit schools in their communities to make everyone aware of the many fire hazards that exist and what they can do to be safe. The National Fire Prevention Association observes Oct. 9 (and the week that it falls in) as Fire Prevention Week. The first Fire Prevention Day proclamation dates back to 1920 by President Wilson. Since 1922, a Fire Prevention Week proclamation is signed by the president each year. It was established to commemorate the Chicago and Peshtigo fires that started in October 1871. The International Fire Marshals Association decided to observe this date with public awareness of fire prevention. Over the years there have been many themes and this year’s theme is Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. Go ahead and check those detectors for the manufacture date. If the detector is at the 10-year mark or older, please replace it. We all know to check the batteries in our smoke detectors each month. It is advisable to replace the battery at least once a year even though it may still be working. It is now time to do just that—replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors. Do a manual check of your hard-wired detectors also because they have batteries as a backup and do not forget to check your carbon monoxide detectors. It is best to follow the manufacturer instructions when checking smoke alarms and replacing the batteries. Here are some additional tips: · All homes need a working home escape plan that is practiced by all in the home, working smoke detectors on each level, and especially inside and outside of all sleeping areas. · Keeping doors closed will help to keep smoke, heat and fire out. · When the alarm sounds, get out and stay out. · When the alarm sounds you may only have one to two minutes to escape. · Most fires occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. · Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. · The cause of a smoke alarm not sounding is missing and/or disconnected batteries. · If a detector is chirping, replace the battery and re-test. · Interconnected smoke alarms are best because when one sounds, they all sound. Please stay safe!!!