Fire Safety Month

The Home Depot is teaming up with the American Red Cross to share fire safety information with families. As part of October Fire Safety Month and Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14), The Home Depot will host free in-store clinics focusing on fire safety on Saturday, October 7, in all U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico stores.

In the United States, a home structure fire is reported every 79 seconds and someone dies from a home fire every 135 minutes, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Many home fires are preventable. The Home Depot can teach your viewers time-tested guidelines for preventing and surviving a home fire.

Fire prevention and safety tips, including how to select and use fire safety products can be demonstrated in-studio or at your local Home Depot store.

Be Prepared
- Smoke alarms can double your chance of survival in a fire but require regular maintenance to ensure they are working properly.
- Carbon monoxide alarms can save your life by alerting you to hazardous levels of the odorless and colorless gas.
- Fire extinguishers only work if you know how and when to use them.
- Automatic fire sprinkler systems help save lives. Consider installing one in your home. Together with a smoke alarm, they can cut your risk dying in a home fire by 82 percent when compared to having neither.
- Have an escape plan for every room in the house and have a ladder ready.
- Never overload circuits or extension cords. Replace worn or frayed cords with the new Fire ShieldÒ Extension Cord, a one-of-a-kind smart cord that continuously monitors the flow of current and instantaneously disconnects power when damage occurs.
- Fireplace safety protects your hearth and home. Clean the area around the fireplace and use a metal fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying out onto a rug, carpet or wood floor.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006 Clinic will be held at 10:00 a.m. and Kids Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“Family Fire Safety” clinics are every Saturday throughout October at all Home Depot stores at 10:00 a.m.