Oct 12, 2009 2:20 PM by sleonard
Baton Rouge, LA, October 12, 2009 - Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning, Jr. reminds us that Fire Prevention Month is in full swing in October. The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office continues to provide Louisiana's Citizens with important tips to prevent fire loss and keep you and your family safe. This year's theme, "Stay Fire Smart!- Don't Get Burned" serves to educate homeowners about burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of fires.
During the awareness campaign, local fire departments across the State in a collaborative effort with the Fire Marshal's Office and fire industry professionals help to spread the word in their communities about the leading causes of home fires and steps to mitigate fire, smoke and soot damage. According to the NFPA, the most common causes of home fires include cooking, heating, electrical and smoking. For more information, go to www.nfpa.org.
"Each week during fire prevention month we will continue to provide the general public with life saving tips and fire prevention programs designed to save life and property from the tragic effects of fire, stated Marshal Browning". Another important fire prevention message is to encourage families to develop and practice exit drills in their homes, he continued".
When a fire happens, there is no time for planning. Sit down with your family now and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire in your home. Some people might think ... "Gee, that's silly. I've lived in this house for 10 years ... I know my way around. If there's a fire I can get out." Well, it doesn't work that way. When a fire happens, especially at night, you will be groggy ... you will be afraid ... you will be confused, even in your own home. You might not get out. If you don't have working Smoke Detectors, your chances of surviving a fire in your home, especially at night dramatically decrease. That's how many people are killed and injured.
"More than half of all fatal home fires happen at night while people are sleeping. One of the first body senses to go to sleep is that of smell. Working Smoke Detectors act like a big nose smelling the air all night for you. If a fire starts, the Smoke Detectors will sound an alarm alerting you before you can become trapped or overcome by smoke. With working Smoke Detectors, your risk of dying in a home fire is cut almost in half. Install Smoke Detectors outside of every bedroom and on every level of your home including the basement. Follow the installation instructions carefully and test all of the Smoke Detectors at least once every week stated, Joel Domangue, Coordinator of Emergency Services".