Fire prevention week observed this weekHudson Fire Department Chief Jim Frye announced that Fire Prevention Week is being observed this week, Oct. 3-9. This year’s theme is “Beep Beep Beep Smoke Alarm Sound You Can Live With.”
Hudson Fire Department Chief Jim Frye announced that Fire Prevention Week is being observed this week, Oct. 3-9.
The observance is being celebrated by the Hudson Fire Department and departments across the country. This year’s theme is “Beep Beep Beep Smoke Alarm Sound You Can Live With.”
“Installing smoke alarms and checking them monthly to see if they are functional is a great practice to follow,” Frye said. “Roughly eight people die in home fires daily in the U.S. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire by half.”
Most homes in the U.S. have battery powered smoke alarms. Between 2003-2006 two-thirds of fire deaths resulted when homes had smoke detectors but they were not working, or the battery was removed.
Frye said smoke detectors should be checked monthly and batteries replaced regularly (follow manufacturer’s guidelines). Most battery operated smoke detectors units need to be replaced every five years and hardwired smoke detectors replaced every 10 years.
“We invite all Hudson citizens to be responsible when cooking, using candles, checking smoke detectors monthly, do home fire safety inspections, make a home fire escape plan and practice it,” Frye said. “Fire prevention begins with you at home by controlling burning candles, storage of flammable or combustibles, cooking and many other home fire hazards.
“People think they are safer from fire than they really are, especially in their home. As a result they do not practice basic fire prevention skills. Most people underestimate fire’s power and speed.
“By learning about fire dangers and prevention Hudson residents can greatly reduce their risk from fire.”
Hudson Fire Inspector/Marshal Dave Krupich said “Working smoke detectors, a practiced fire escape plan and home fire inspections work together to give you a better chance to survive a fire. The Hudson Fire Department is committed to your safety and protection from fire. We ask all citizens to practice good fire prevention skills at home, school and work always.”