Acadiana Firefighters are recognizing Fire Prevention Week during October 3-10. During October, the Lafayette Fire Department will be hosting fire safety events for students. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke detectors.
The message for Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” Parents of some of these students say even though the students are young they’re old enough to understand. NFPA states that in 2013 home fires killed an average of eight people every day. “It stresses the importance about smoke alarms and making sure everyone has at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom and at one in the hallway,” says Alton Trahan Fire Department Spokesman.
“Three weeks later they’ll start bringing up little tidbits from the fire station like hot, stop, drop, roll, get out and stay out,” adds Claire Minvielle who is a parent. “They point out exit and windows anywhere we go in public. So, I definitely think it sticks with them,” adds Tiffany Taulbee who is a parent.
Trahan says it’s tragic and unfortunate when a fire could have been prevented with something as simple as a smoke alarm. “The number one thing is to alert people. Half of the fatalities we have there are no working smoke detectors.” Trahan reminds us that when it comes to smoke detectors make sure they’re working, testing them at least once a month and detectors ten years or older should be replaced with a new one.