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JPMA Urges Parents to be Fire Safety Conscious During National Fire Prevention Week

Wednesday, October 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick
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Protect Your Family from Fire

JPMA Urges Parents to be Fire Safety Conscious During National Fire Prevention Week


Every year hundreds of children die from fires in the home, and even more suffer burn-related injuries. However, not all of these burns are the result of fire—cooking, appliances and space heaters are also a danger. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) urges all parents to make a conscious effort when it comes to fire safety and provide a safe environment for their children.


Know what to watch out for around your home, and review these fire and burn safety tips from Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen Program with your family:


  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including your basement. Place them near sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. 
  • Keep flammable materials away from space heaters and candles. Make sure space heaters are turned off and candles are blown out before you leave the room or go to sleep. 
  • Install safety barriers around ovens, fireplaces and furnaces. Keep in mind that glass screens can take a long time to cool. 
  • Store matches, lighters and other flammable materials, such as gasoline, in a safe place, or high up out of your child’s reach and sight. Teach them to never play with these things. 


“Smoke alarms save lives. It is so important to make sure smoke alarms are in working order and are routinely tested,” said JPMA Managing Director and mom of two, Julie Vallese. “Taking the time to have and practice an escape plan is time well spent and time that might just save you and your family’s life.”


A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.


For more information about smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit


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