Fire Prevention Week

DID YOU KNOW…?

  • Seniors age 75 and older have the highest risk of dying in a house fire.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of house fires and house fire injuries.
  • Other causes include heating appliances, electrical, candles, and chimneys.

October 4th – 10th is National Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM

To increase fire safety for older adults, NFPA offers the following guidelines:

Keep it low
If you don’t live in an apartment building, consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor in order to make emergency escape easier. Make sure that smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room and outside any sleeping areas. Have a telephone installed where you sleep in case of emergency. When looking for an apartment or high-rise home, look for one with an automatic sprinkler system. Sprinklers can extinguish a home fire in less time that it takes for the fire department to arrive.

Sound the alarm
The majority of fatal fires occur when people are sleeping, and because smoke can put you into a deeper sleep rather than waking you, it´s important to have a mechanical early warning of a fire to ensure that you wake up. If anyone in your household is deaf or if your own hearing is diminished, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light or vibration to alert you to a fire emergency. View a list of product manufacturers.

Do the drill
Conduct your own, or participate in, regular fire drills to make sure you know what to do in the event of a home fire. If you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist, and decide on backups in case the designee isn’t home. Fire drills are also a good opportunity to make sure that everyone is able to hear and respond to smoke alarms.

Open up
Make sure that you are able to open all doors and windows in your home. Locks and pins should open easily from inside. (Some apartment and high-rise buildings have windows designed not to open.) If you have security bars on doors or windows, they should have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened easily. These devices won’t compromise your safety, but they will enable you to open the window from inside in the event of a fire. Check to be sure that windows haven’t been sealed shut with paint or nailed shut; if they have, arrange for someone to break the seals all around your home or remove the nails.

Stay connected
Keep a telephone nearby, along with emergency phone numbers so that you can communicate with emergency personnel if you’re trapped in your room by fire or smoke.

Northwood Intouch’s Stove Sensor

Our Stove Sensor stops fires before they have a chance to begin. It constantly monitors motion in the area around a kitchen stove. If the oven or burners are left unattended, it shuts off, automatically, stopping fires before they can begin instead of sounding an alarm after one has already started. The Stove Sensor is easy to install and program to meet the needs of each user.

If our products and services could benefit someone you care about, please call us today to take advantage of our special introductory offer for our new smoke detector of just $5/month. But hurry, the price will go up to it’s regular price of $10/month on November 1st!

To learn more call 1-800-461-3346 or 902-492-3346 or email us at intouch@nwood.ns.ca