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Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Working Smoke Detectors & Escape Plans

Fire officials focus on having working smoke alarms and testing them in Fire Prevention Week Fire officials focus on having working smoke alarms and testing them in Fire Prevention Week
 SMYRNA, Del. - Fire officials in Delaware are coming together this week to promote the use of working smoke alarms and the importance of having an escape plan during National Fire Prevention Week.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 60% of home fire deaths between 2007 and 2011 were the result of fires in homes that either had no working smoke alarm or no smoke alarm at all. However, the NFPA says the presence of working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.  

Delaware Safe Kids says it is joining its partner/member the Delaware State Fire School and fire companies nationwide in promoting the use of working smoke alarms during National Fire Prevention Week which runs October 5 - 11.
The Delaware State Fire School says it will mark this week by sharing information about the importance of having working smoke alarms and not only developing but also practicing an escape plan at events such as the Dover Air Force Base Fire Safety day on October 11th, and the Minquadale Fire Company Open House the same day.  The Fire School says school staff will also provide tours of their Georgetown facility to elementary school students on Wednesday October 8th.  The State Fire School, which is an active member of Safe Kids Delaware, says it will continue to provide tours in facilities statewide and participate in community events throughout the month of October which is considered Fire Prevention Month.

According to the NFPA, when there is a fire, smoke spreads fast, so you need working smoke alarms to give you more time to get out of the building safely. The NFPA says roughly one-third of people surveyed thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening.

According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, NFPA says only 47% of those have practiced it.

The NFPA says when planning an escape route, families should know at least two ways out of every room and have an outside meeting place, like a tree or light post, that's a safe distance away from the house for everyone to meet. The NFPA says you should practice your home drill at least twice a year, during both the day and the night time, and you should teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.

The NFPA says smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area, as well as on every level of the home, including the basement. It says it's best to use interconnected smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they will all go off. The NFPA also says you should test all smoke alarms at least once a month.

A variety of resources is available on the NFPA website at

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