October is Fire Prevention Month so it’s a great opportunity to take some steps to ensure you and your family know what to do in the unfortunate incident of a house fire.

fire prevention weekDid you know: If you and your family are asleep when a fire breaks out in your home, the smoke won’t wake you up – it will put you into a deeper sleep. That’s why most fatal fires happen at night, when people are sleeping. This is why it’s critical to have working smoke alarms installed in your home.

Just last week, a fire broke out in the Sussex Downs Apartment complex in Franklin, burning 5 apartments. The fire broke out around 8pm. Because many of the residents were still awake, no one was injured.

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a 2008 survey found that 96 percent of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2003-2006, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of the five (41 percent) of the reported home fires.

Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths in 2003-2006 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Here are some safety tips:

fire safety tips

When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

Take action today to protect your family with working smoke alarms in your home. If you need assistance with installation, battery replacement, or cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms for your home, please call the Franklin Fire Department right away at (615) 791-3270.

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