ESA Releases Fire Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week
The Electronic Security Association (ESA) encourages homeowners to be fire smart
Irving, Texas (Oct. 7, 2014) — According to the U.S. Fire Administration, residential fires have been on the rise since 2009. The most recent fire report revealed that in 2011, there were more than 364,500 home fires and nearly 2,500 home fire deaths, many of which could have been prevented.
In honor of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11), the Electronic Security Association (ESA) provides these fire safety tips.
You can protect your family and greatly reduce the risk of a devastating fire in your home by installing a smoke alarm system. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), each level of your home should be equipped with at least one smoke alarm. Alarms should be placed in the kitchen, inside each bedroom and outside of every sleeping area. A trusted member of ESA will work with you to customize and install a fire system that is right for your home. You can find a local ESA fire alarm provider here.
It’s important to remember that standard audible alarms are only useful if they are functioning properly. NFPA estimates that nearly two-fifths of fire deaths resulted from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. To ensure your family’s safety, it’s vital that you test your alarms each month, change all batteries twice a year and replace the entire alarm every 10 years.
You can further protect your home from fire damage by having your alarm system monitored by a central station. In the event that a fire occurs while you’re away from your home, the alarm monitoring company will summon an emergency responder on your behalf. This quick exchange can save your home from major damage or destruction.
Fire safety equipment
Alarms are a great way to alert you when there is a problem, but unfortunately, they cannot contain or extinguish a fire. While you should not attempt to fight a major home fire on your own, you should be prepared to extinguish a small fire quickly before it spreads to other areas of your home.
Always keep at least one fire extinguisher on every level of your home and in spaces that are prone to fire such as the kitchen, furnace and water heater. Be sure everyone in your family knows where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
If possible, consider installing an indoor sprinkler system in your home. An indoor sprinkler system can help contain a home fire before firefighters arrive. The system is quick to respond to fire and only disperses water on the affected areas, so the rest of your home stays dry. Sprinklers can be installed inconspicuously in a new or existing home. Contact a local ESA member for more information on home sprinkler systems.
To further reduce your risk of a home fire, implement these fire safety tips into your everyday life:
No one can completely prevent a home fire, so it’s imperative that you and your family are prepared in case of an emergency. The proper equipment and safety precautions could potentially be life-saving. Learn more about protecting your home by visiting www.alarm.org.
- Never leave a fire, an open flame or heated surfaces unattended (stoves, candles, space heaters, barbecues, etc.).
- Pay attention while cooking to avoid a kitchen fire.
- Properly dispose of coals by letting them cool before tossing them in the garbage.
- Use surge protectors to avoid overloaded circuits.
- Clean and inspect fireplaces on a regular basis.
- Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.