Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Offers Tips on What Families Can Do Today
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 4, 2010 – In the blink of an eye, a small cooking or candle fire can turn into a destructive or deadly blaze, so stopping fires before they start is a family’s first line of defense against potential fire-related injuries. In recognition of the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 3-9, 2010), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – the leading product safety organization – is providing five simple tips that you can do today to help protect your family from fire, starting with a smoke alarm audit.
Smoke alarms have cut the number of fire-related deaths in the home by more than 60 percent since they became widely available for home use in the 1970s. Despite the evidence that smoke alarms save lives, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths from 2003-2006 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.1
"Due to the large amount of synthetic materials used in modern home construction, today’s fires spread at a faster pace and pose a greater risk to families," said John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories. "That’s why now, more than ever, families need to properly install and maintain smoke alarms throughout the home so they can be protected in the event of a fire."
With the fast spreading nature of the modern home fire, families are also left with less time to safely escape their homes. To make every second count, it is necessary to review fire safety tips with all members of the family before an emergency occurs.
"It’s not difficult to prepare for a home fire, but it’s absolutely critical to keeping your family safe," Drengenberg said. "Reviewing fire safety tips with your kids and having a fire escape plan are necessary components of being prepared. We’re asking parents to provide their children with the guidance, resources and skills to make the right choices in the event of a fire."
This Fire Prevention Week, UL is helping families wade through the abundant amount of available fire safety information by highlighting on http://www.safetyathome.com/ five simple things you can do today to protect your family from fire:
1. Conduct a smoke alarm audit
2. Make extinguishers handy
3. Talk prevention with your kids
4. Look at your home from your child’s perspective
5. Avoid overloading sockets and cords
Additional resources and family activities are available on http://www.safetyathome.com/ – including an easy-to-executive fire safety checklist and certificate – to raise awareness of home safety.