National Fire Prevention Month: Family Fire Safety Tips

October is National Fire Prevention Month and Mr. Electric® is teaming-up with FireX® brand smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to help raise awareness about fire and CO safety.

More than 100 million smoke alarms in the United States are ten or more years old. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends replacing alarms (not just batteries, but the entire alarm) every ten years.

NFPA reports 85% of all fire deaths occur in the home. If every home had working smoke alarms, home fire deaths could drop an estimated 36%, saving over 1,100 lives a year. And what makes sense can cost cents: replacing or updating old smoke and CO alarms can be done for pennies a day.

“Making sure all homes have strategically-placed and working smoke and CO alarms is vital to help ensure home and family safety,” said Mr. Electric president Jeff Meyers. “Calling a licensed electrician to handle this job can give homeowners peace of mind while saving time, money and frustration.”

The NFPA also reports that from 1999-2003, electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in an estimated 19,000 home structure fires per year. These fires resulted in hundreds of deaths and over $300 million in property damage.

Fixed wiring, switches, receptacles and outlets accounted for 45% of fires, deaths and injuries, while extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with attached power cords by more than two-to-one.

To help protect your family and home, remember a few simple safety tips:

o Call alicensed electrician to ensure yoursmokeandCOalarmsareproperlyplacedanduptocurrentcode
o TestyoursmokeandCOalarmsonceamonthaspermanufacturer’sinstructions
o ChangeyoursmokeandCOalarmbatteriestwiceayear(coordinatewith“springforward,fallback”timechanges) o Don’tdisableyoursmokeandCOalarms,eventemporarily
o Regularlyvacuum(aspermanufacturer’sinstructions)yoursmokeandCOalarms
o PlanandholdregularfamilyfireandCOdrills
o Replacelooseorfrayedcordsonallelectricaldevices
o Avoidoverloadingoutletsbyusingsurgeprotectors
o Plugonlyonehigh-wattageapplianceintoareceptacleatatime
o If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by a licensed electrician

For more information about Kidde brand safety products visit kidde.com. To schedule a home safety checkup, visit mrelectric.com today.

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About Mr. Electric®:
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at over 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit mrelectric.com.