GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This week is Fire Prevention Week. 22News is working for you with what firefighters are now recommending every household has.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Hear the beep where you sleep”, and that’s because the National Fire Protection Association is now recommending that each bedroom has a smoke alarm as opposed to just having one in your hallway.
State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said more than 50-percent of home fire deaths occur between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., which is why it’s important for everyone to hear that alarm in the event of a fire.
Holly Braziel of Shelburne Falls said, “I think it’s important because if it’s in the middle of the night, a lot of people can’t hear it, so, if it’s in their room they’re more apt to hear it. And I also think it’s important because we all know the famous ‘when it goes off dinner must be ready’, so, if more than one goes off, you know it’s probably more likely to be an issue.”
And though many people believe a fire will never happen to them, there were about 29,000 fires reported in Massachusetts last year resulting in 54 deaths. More than 20-percent of home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
It’s recommended that you replace the batteries in your smoke alarm twice a year and test your alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.