From: Lt. Nick Craig Green Bay Metro Fire Department
Green Bay, WI — October 5th, 2015—This year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme (October 4-10) is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”. According to the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Sadly, the number one cause of fire deaths is due to cigarette use. Since 2009 GBMFD has had 3 fatal fires. Two were caused by careless use of smoking materials and in the third one, it was definitely a contributing factor that led to the fire. Community Action for Healthy Living, Inc (CAHL) and the Green Bay Metro Fire Department (GBMFD) are teaming up this week to encourage Green Bay area rental property owners to make their properties smoke-free and to have working smoke alarms.
CAHL also cited other reasons for making properties smoke-free, including:
· Smoke-free buildings save time and money. On average, it costs 2-3 times more to clean a unit that has been smoked in compared to one that hasn’t.
· Wisconsin residents want smoke-free housing. 72% of Wisconsin residents who keep their units smoke-free, but live in buildings that allow smoking would prefer a smoke-free building.
· In addition to being safer, profitable, and popular, enacting a smoke-free housing policy in public or private housing is also completely legal.
GBMFD recommends 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.
- 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.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
- Call the fire department from outside the home.