2018-10-11 / Front Page

October is fire prevention month

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 • bgagnon@mihomepaper.com

FLUSHING —Look. Listen. Learn. That’s the message being spread by the National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention month.

In its effort to educate the public about fire prevention, the NFPA is reminding homeowners across the country that fires can and do still happen—at home, as well as other locations—and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe:

Look for places fires can start

Listen for the sound of each smoke alarm

Make a plan and practice your escape route—always have two ways out of a room

“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”

According to the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society (MFIS), there has been a 23 percent increase in fire fatalities from this point of the year in 2017. Michigan’s residential fire death total has reached 95 percent of the total known residential fire deaths recorded during all of 2017.

The MFIS also found that 65 percent of this year’s known fatal fire origins have occurred in a living room or bedroom, and that the overwhelming majority of fire deaths happen overnight, with 39 percent of all fire deaths occurring between midnight and 6 a.m.

With these stats in mind, the organization is urging homeowners to:

• Have smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom.

• Change smoke alarms every ten years

• Change batteries in alarms every six months

Locally, the Flushing Fire Department also recommends that everyone regularly tests their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. For help with installing with smoke detectors or other modes of fire safety, contact the department at its non-emergency number 810-659- 1241.

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