ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – This week is National Fire Prevention week around the country, with special attention focused on promoting fire safety and prevention.
The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!”
The goal is to remind the public to replace their smoke alarms every ten years.
The theme is part of a three-year effort by the National Fire Protection Association to educate the public about the life-saving importance of smoke alarm safety.
News10 has reported on many fires over the years where families reported the only reason they were able to make it to safety was because their smoke alarms woke them up.
The National Fire Protection Association says it hopes to impart three key messages with its theme this year:
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
- To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
As part of National Fire Safety Prevention Week, many schools will be holding assemblies featuring firefighters in full gear demonstrating important fire safety tips.
These demonstrations can be an important opportunity for parents to talk with their children about how to get out of the house if those smoke alarms do ever go off.
For more tips and information about National Fire Prevention Week visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website.
Families can also take a Fire Prevention Week quiz to test their knowledge and see who in the house knows the most about fire safety.