October is Fire Safety Month. The Fire Marshal’s office will be sharing safety reminders throughout the month to increase public awareness and save lives.
Have a plan and practice it!
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Different types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric, detect fire in different ways. Experts recommend having both types in your home.
- Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
- Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. Make sure everyone can escape in two minutes or less. Practice makes perfect! After each fire drill, mark down your escape time.
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
Close the Door!
Fire is spreading faster and hotter due to the use of more synthetic materials in furniture and construction. A closed door can slow the spread of fire, reduce toxic smoke levels, improve oxygen levels and decrease temperatures dramatically.
- A closed door can mean reducing 1,000 degrees down to 100 degrees during a fire.
- A closed door can keep carbon monoxide levels at 1,000 PPM (parts per million) instead of possibly 10,000 PPM if the door was left open during a fire.
- A closed door keeps more oxygen in the room and away from the fire. Oxygen feeds a fire, a closed door will limit the growth of a fire to the room behind the closed door.
- A large percentage of fires occur between 11 PM and 7 AM. A closed door when you go to sleep may help save your life during a fire.
Please review this information with your family and neighbors, you may save a life. Direct questions or concerns to the Office of the Fire Marshal at (585) 340-8643 or FireMarshal@penfield.org