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- Fire Prevention Month
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. For more Fire Prevention tips, visit www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years-Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling. Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture. Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture. Put the alarm back on the ceiling or wall if it less than 10 years old.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. If it doesn’t sound when the test button is pushed, put a new batter in the alarm.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping are, and on every level of the home. Larger homes may need more alarms. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
Call 911 from a cellphone or neighbor’s phone. Stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.
- Have a home fire escape plan and practice twice a year with at least two ways out of every room, an outside meeting area once safely evacuated.
- Halloween Safety Tips
In 2014, about 6,300 pedestrian deaths and 145,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2016, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.
NSC research reveals the reasons for pedestrian deaths and injuries varies by age. Darting or running into the road accounts for about 70% of pedestrian deaths or injuries for those age 5 to 9 and about 47% of incidents for those 10 to 14.
In the U.S., October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month. NSC list put August first, with 3,370 deaths, followed by October, 3,200, and September, 3,170. For Halloween Safety tips, visit www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/halloween-safety.aspx.
- National Walk & Bike to School Day
Sept. 29- Oct. 2
In 2009, 203,000 children ages 15 and younger were injured in motor vehicles crashes; 15,000 of those injured were pedestrians (NHTSA, 2011). Priority must be placed on making it possible for everyone to walk safely, especially in neighborhoods and school zones. www.walkbiketoschool.org.
- Learn safe walking and bicycling skills by teaching children to cross streets at marked crossings and to always look left-right-left.
- Drivers need to watch for others using the road.
- Community Benefits-Stronger sense of community, more eyes on the street.
- Safer streets-Communities with higher rates of walking and bicycling tend to have lower crash rates for all travel modes.
- National Teen Driver Safety Week
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19- year olds in the United States. In fact, in 2014 there were 2,679 teen (15 to 19) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and extra passengers. These dangers are covered in the “5 to Drive” rules of the road.
- No cell phone use or texting while driving.
- No extra passengers.
- No speeding.
- No alcohol.
- No driving or riding without a seat belt.
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