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.
- 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.