October is Fire Prevention Month

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Fire Prevention Month


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In the United States, someone dies in a fire every 169 minutes, and every 30 minutes someone is injured. According to studies done by the United States Fire Administration fire killed more U.S. citizens than all other natural disasters combined in 2007.

October is National Fire Prevention Month, a time to spread the word about fire safety. When a fire starts, you may only have a few minutes to escape. Being prepared ahead of time can mean the difference between life and death.

Fire & Security Professionals

Security Officers are responsible for protecting lives and property.

security guard in crowd_123RF8064532Part of this responsibility requires Security Officers to be aware of the real threat of fire in any setting. Their initial response can be crucial in determining the extent of damage, injury, or death.

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Fire Prevention Month was created to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

This commemoration began when President Woodrow Wilson declared the first National Fire Prevention Day in 1922.

More than 250 people were killed in the Great Chicago Fire, and over 100,000 were left homeless.

The three-day fire burned more than 2,000 acres and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.

Fire Prevention Day then evolved to a week-long observance, and was extended to a month-long observance in 2000.

Prevention and Protection

You can prevent fires and protect yourself if one does occur.

Smoke Alarms

For best protection, install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, on every floor of your home, and in the basement. Make sure to test your alarms every month, and replace the batteries if needed. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Approximately 4 out of 10 home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms.

Escape Plan

Don’t wait until disaster strikes to make an escape plan. Devise a plan ahead of time and practice it with your family every 6 months. Make sure the plan includes 2 ways to escape from every room, as well as a designated place to meet outside. According to a survey done by the National Fire Prevention Association, only one-third of Americans have developed and practiced a fire escape plan.

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Fire Safety Basics: The initial response to a fire can be crucial in determining the extent of damage, injury, or death. As someone responsible for protecting lives and property, private protection or security officers must be aware of the real threat of fire in any setting. This course covers the components of fire, classes of fires, fire extinguishers, an overview of HAZMAT and fire hazards, and emergency response procedures.

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    • Related Courses: First Aid, Hazardous Material
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    • Typically learners complete the online Fire Safety Basics course in 3 – 5 hours.
Posted in Security by sonictemple at October 1st, 2015.
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