Fire Alarm Safety Campaign
November 2, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Margaret Tucker, JCC Fire Department
Every year, more than 3,000 people die in home fires in the United States; most of whom are in homes without a working smoke alarm. To prevent these deaths, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a nationwide Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign designed to raise awareness about how properly installed and working smoke alarms can lower a person’s chances of dying in a fire.
The USFA recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home; testing them monthly; changing alkaline batteries at least once a year; and installing ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms.
To learn more, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/alarms/index.shtm or visit the County website at http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/fire/fire-facts.html or call the James City County fire education office at 253-0574.