Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca Fire Department has endorsed a set of recommendations to help you prevent fires from destroying your home.

It’s doing so as part of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11, according to Lt. Thomas Basher of the Ithaca Fire Department.

National Fire Prevention Week and the Ithaca Fire Department issue the following 4 suggestions:

1 — Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

2 — Test all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.

3 — Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

4 — Create a family fire safety plan that includes learning about fire hazards and how to avoid them, as well as developing a home fire escape plan is a great idea. Families should regularly practice these plans and explain them to children, revising the plan as the children grow up.

‘Smoke alarms save lives’

A press release from the Ithaca Fire Department highlighted these statistics:

— Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.

— On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

— In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.