Fire Prevention Freebies

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Posted on 10/10/2011

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9-15 this year. According to the US Fire Administration, in 2009 there were 356,200 residential fires, killing 2,480 people and injuring more than 12,000. These fires destroyed $7 billion worth of property and in many cases, they could have been prevented. Take some time to review this list of fire prevention freebies because they could keep you, your home and your family safe.


Free Smoke Detectors - Many local fire departments are handing out free smoke detectors to families in need. In New Hampshire the fire department teamed up with Lowe’s and Home Depot to hand out free alarms. In Detroit, a law firm donated 500 smoke alarms and the fire department is distributing them on a first come, first serve basis. And the fire department in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina just received a grant to fund free smoke detectors for local homes. Check with your local fire department to find out if similar programs exist.

Free Home Fire Escape Plan - It’s important to have a plan in case disaster strikes. Print off this free Home Fire Escape Plan from Sparky.org and customize it by drawing out your house’s floor plan. Identify smoke alarms, doors and windows. Develop a meeting place outside where the family will convene during an emergency. And according to Sparky.com you should practice your plan at least twice a year.

Free Fire Prevention Week Quiz - Where do most home fires start? What time of day do home fires peak? How often your smoke detectors need to be replaced? These are sample questions from the free Fire Prevention Week Quiz created by the National Fire Protection Association as a way to test your fire IQ.

Free Smoke Detector Installation - Smoke alarms can provide you and your family an early warning if a fire breaks out in your home. The alarm can be a life saving tool, but if you have trouble installing them your local fire department could be willing to help. According to the US Fire Administration, some fire departments will install a smoke alarm in your home for you. Click here for more info.

Review Your Family’s Fire Safety Checklist - With the help of NFPA.org, you and your children can review your family’s fire safety checklist. Find out if your home is adequately protected with smoke alarms, if the batteries are working and whether all exits are clear of furniture or clutter.

Free Chance at Winning a Trip to Chicago - In honor of Fire Prevention Month, First Alert is offering their Facebook fans a chance to win a trip to Chicago, site of the Great Chicago Fire. Just “like” their Facebook page and fill out a short form to enter the sweepstakes.

Free Smoke Alarm Email Reminders - Many fire departments offer a free email service reminding residents when to change their smoke alarm batteries, swap out smoke detectors or simply test smoke alarms. You can also sign up through Safelincs. Set up the frequency of your reminders and they’ll email you at the correct time.

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Bedhead Pajamas coupon - Save 15% off sitewide with coupon code FALL15 through 10/30/2011.


by Alison Storm

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