October 9 through 15, 2022, is the 100th anniversary of the reminder of the steps to take to stay safe.
Today is the last day of the 100th anniversary of National Fire Prevention Week, and State Farm has issued a number of helpful tips in a campaign to help keep people safe.
This recognition is the longest-running public health observance in the United States.
State Farm’s National Fire Prevention Week campaign this year is called “Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape”. Its purpose is to provide families with helpful education on the easy things they can do to protect themselves and their properties from some of the most common risks at home. Furthermore, State Farm took the opportunity to underscore how important a smoke alarm can be to a family’s safety.
The insurer provided information to help people to know how to properly install and check the batteries on their devices to be certain that they will be quickly alerted in the event of a fire, providing the maximum amount of time for a family to make its quick escape. All it takes is about 15 minutes, twice per year, to be sure that the basics are covered to keep a family safe.
This year, smoke detectors and a proper home escape plan are central Fire Prevention Week themes.
According to the National Library of Medicine, less than a quarter – 23 percent – of US families have an escape plan in place and have practiced it so they will be ready in case of smoke or a blaze. As there are as few as 2 minutes to make a safe escape from a burning home from the moment a smoke detector sounds, having a plan in place can make all the difference to being able to escape fast enough.
It is important for every member of the family to know the plan and how to execute it. This includes adults, children, and family members with disabilities who may need some extra help to quickly escape a burning home.
Of course, that time shrinks if a smoke detector isn’t operational. Therefore, checking twice per year that it is properly installed, has fresh batteries and hasn’t expired (the average lifespan of a smoke detector is about 10 years), is an important practice during Fire Prevention Week as well.