October is Fire Prevention Month – a time to raise awareness about fire safety. I encourage you to check and verify that all fire alarms both at home and at work are in working order. When did you last change the batteries? If you do not remember, it is best you put fresh batteries in. Plan and practice your fire escape plan both at home and at work. Talk about what to do when the fire alarm blares. Make arrangements for a meeting point in a safe place so everybody can be accounted for.
Check your fire extinguishers and make sure the gauge shows proper fill level. At home – where no authorities come to check on annual maintenance – fire extinguishers may be way too old and even if the gauge shows green for proper pressure, an age-old fire extinguisher may not work properly in a fire emergency.
National Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12)
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week (FPW) has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The theme of the 2018 campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
Fire Safety Awareness Month (October)
Fire prevention week helps to raise awareness about fire and home safety. Ensure your home and family are prepared and safe in case of an emergency.
Great Shake Out (October 17)
Since American PERMALIGHT® is headquartered in Torrance, California (a suburb of Los Angeles), the risk of earthquakes is always present. Each year our team participates in the earthquake preparedness drills. We practice drop, cover, and hold on. We all bring our Emergency Preparedness bags to work, talk about the contents and learn from coworkers’ suggestions what else may be helpful to have in the bag. By reviewing the contents, we also make sure food and water, as well as medications are not expired. It is important to have disaster supplies at home, in your car, and at the place of work.
While we are all always hoping that the emergency will not happen to us, it is best to be prepared NOW.