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2015 Fire Prevention Week

Sedona Fire EMS ArizonaSedona AZ (October 5, 2015) – Sedona Fire Marshal Gary Johnson reminds the community that it’s Fire Prevention Week and this year’s message is “Every bedroom needs a smoke alarm!”

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire by 50%. Now that’s an impressive statistic!

Working smoke alarms make a lifesaving difference in a fire. Have you tested your household smoke alarms lately?

The Sedona Fire District is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind residents about the importance of having working alarms in the home that are tested monthly. According to the latest NFPA research, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, or no working smoke alarms.

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It’s Fire Prevention Week! Test your household smoke alarms monthly and practice your family fire escape plan twice each year.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Fire Marshal Johnson, adding, “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

Follow these simple steps in the event of a fire:

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home, when one sounds, they all do.
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Change the batteries once a year.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Does everyone in the home recognize the sound of a smoke alarm and understand what to do when it is heard? If in doubt, follow these steps:

• Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home including all doors and windows.
• Identify at least two ways out of every room.
• Have an outside meeting place, such as a tree or mailbox, a safe distance from your home.
• Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year – once during the day and once at night.
• Practice using a different way out each time.
• Always call 911 from outside your home.

Have questions about smoke alarms or need assistance testing your smoke alarms, contact the Sedona Fire District at (928) 282-6800 or your local fire department.

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