“It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2011. This year the NFPA’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Protect Your Family From Fire”. As per the NFPA, this year’s campaign is all about keeping you, your family, and your community safer from fire. Associated Fire Protection encourages everyone to take some time during Fire Prevention Week to review what you know about fire safety and to educate yourself on how to keep yourself, your family and your community safe. Associated Fire Protection employees are always available to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us at 973-684-4500 or visit us online at www.associatedfire.com to send us an email with any questions you may have. Visit our online store and take advantage of special sales on fire protection and home safety products.

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Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half. Many people may believe that their home is adequately protected if they have at least one smoke alarm in the home. However, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home (including the basement), outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms. Interconnection of smoke alarms or a fire alarm system is highly recommended; when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do. (This is particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals.) A licensed electrician can install hard-wired multiple-station alarms. Wireless alarms, which manufacturers have more recently begun producing, can be installed by the homeowner.

Test stand-alone smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. All smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and those that are hard-wired alarms, should be replaced when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.  In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms. Never remove or disable a smoke alarm. Download NFPA’s free smoke alarm safety checklist (PDF) to test your knowledge about your home’s smoke alarms. Need to know more about smoke alarms? Information provided by NFPA and “Check Your Smoke Alarm Facts” by Mike Hazel.   The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced that all nursing homes in New Jersey will now be required to have automatic sprinkler systems. The rule originally went into effect on January 2, 2007 and owners had three years to bring their facilities into compliance. The rule amends the retrofit requriements of the State’s Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A. C5:70-4.7), which previously had allowed nursing homes constructed of non-combustible materials to be exempt from the sprinkler system requirment. These type structures, however, still pose the risk of fatal fire due to combustible building contents. There were two fatal nursing home fires in 2003: one in Hartford, Connecticut in which 16 residents died and one in Nashville, Tennesse resulting in 15 deaths. Both of these homes were constructed of non-combustible materials and did not have sprinkler systems. Analysis by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) of data from 1994-1998 shows that there were 10.8 deaths per 1,000 fires in nursing homes without sprinklers versus 1.9 deaths per 1,000 fires when automatic suppression systems were present. in July, 2004, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on nursing home fire safety. This report was prepared in response to the fatal fires mentioned above. The GAO report begins its findings by pointing out that “sprinklers are considered to be the single most effective fire protection feature” and that “there has never been a multiple-death fire in a fully sprinklered nursing home.” For more information on the new nursing home sprinkler requirements contact Associated Fire Protection at sales@associatedfire.com or call us at 866-812-3473 In an article posted by 1010 wins, click here to read full article http://www.1010wins.com/Officials-Inspect-Jersey-Shore-Rentals-for-Violati/7019949, officials are conducting more and more inspections, and writing up more and more violations, on Jersey Shore vacation home rentals after a January fire in which firefighters found six beds in an attic. The most common deficiency they are finding is dead batteries in the smoke detectors. Few of us realize the importance of functional smoke detectors in the home. Smoke detectors provide an early warning in the event of a fire, which may allow sufficient time to reach safety. Experts report that consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half simply by having a smoke detector installed. It is not only important to have multiple smoke detectors installed in the home, but also to make sure those detectors are working properly. Smoke detectors most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries. The NFPA recommends that home-owners replace smoke detector batteries with a new battery at least once per year, when it starts chirping (a signal that its charge is low), or when it fails a test, which the NFPA recommends to be carried out at least once per month by pressing the “test” button on the alarm. Contact Associated Fire Protection for more information regarding smoke detectors and other fire protection and safety needs. Also visit our online store to browse a variety of smoke detectors available for purchase. Associated Fire Protection * 100 Jackson Street, Paterson NJ, 07501 * 866-812-3473 * www.associatedfire.com