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Fire Department: Working smoke alarms save lives

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Schriever Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

"In a fire, seconds count," said Brad Truver, assistant chief for fire prevention. "Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."

This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

· Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
· Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
· Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
· Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.
· Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

The Schriever Fire Department has a variety of activities scheduled during Fire Prevention Week to promote "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!" Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.

There will be fire safety education information displays set up throughout the week at locations around the base to include the portals, the Satellite Dish Dining Facility, and the Missile Defense Agency building. 

In a joint effort with Ellicott Fire Department, there will be a presentation for the school children at the elementary school at 9 a.m. Oct. 6; a fire safety educational video will be shown, and of course, the famous "Sparky" the Fire Dog will be there to show the children "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique. 

Members of the Schriever Fire Department will also be visiting the Child Development Center at 9 a.m. Oct. 10. They will show off their fire truck and "Sparky" will be there to interact with the children.

The Tiera Vista community center will be hosting an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.  The fire department will have their fire trucks and equipment on display giving the public an opportunity to ask questions about the firefighter's job.  They will also have the interactive fire safety trailer set up for residents to learn about home fire hazards, kitchen fires, and emergency escape procedures for family members. 

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities at Schriever, please contact the Schriever Fire Department at 567-3370. To learn more about smoke alarms and "Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives!" visit NFPA's Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
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