Have a Safe Halloween Weekend

homefiredrillposter2012This year, October 31 brings two big events—Halloween, and the Daylight Saving Time change.

If your children are “trick or treating” be sure to review the top 3 causes of Halloween emergency room visits and how to prevent them.

Then, when you turn back the clock, use one of the 60 minutes you just got back to test your alarms. A working smoke alarm reduces your risk of dying in a fire by half. Be sure to review the 3 things you need to know before your alarm goes off.

A fire that broke out in a home in Delaware earlier this month is a perfect example of how testing your alarms and practicing your escape are well worth your time. The fire started at 3 a.m. in the dryer in the family’s bathroom. A working smoke alarm alerted the family, and when fire crews arrived the five members of the family and their dog were waiting on the front lawn at a designated meeting place they had previously picked in case of emergency. Fire crews were able to confine the blaze to the bathroom, and there was minimal smoke damage in the rest of the house.

“We teach people to know their escape route, have a meeting place and keep your smoke detectors in prime condition, said Dave Briggs, chief of the East Meredith Volunteer Fire Department. “This family did all of that and everything worked wonderfully.”

Prevention 1st promotes its biannual Home Fire Drill campaign and other fire safety education through our annual Poster Contest. This fall Prevention 1st is going into 25 classrooms in the Rochester City School District to give fire safety training. Student will choose a message they want to focus on and create a poster to get that message to others. The posters are displayed throughout the community during the spring time change

Learn more about:

Why and how to have a home fire drill

How to choose, install and test smoke alarms

How to plan and hold workplace fire drills your employees will want to do

How to get the free app for the game Help Mikey Make It Out, so your kids can learn what to do when the alarm goes off

More ways to protect your family from fire/Protege a su familia de un incendio