MUSCLE SHOALS – In honor of Fire Prevention Month in October and to bring fire safety top-of-mind, First Alert is teaming up with more than 1,700 Lowe’s stores across the country and over 30 in Alabama in a joint effort to spread awareness about the importance of whole home protection.
As part of this joint initiative, Shoals residents are invited to participate in a special safety education event on Saturday, October 12 from 10am-noon at Lowe’s in Muscle Shoals. The focus of the event will be to educate attendees about how to protect their families and homes from the threats of fire and carbon monoxide (CO).
Store associates and fire officials will host fun, family-focused activities to teach families about equipping their homes with smoke and CO alarms and planning and practicing a fire escape plan.
Children will have the opportunity to build a wooden fire truck in a one-time kids’ workshop and will receive firefighter hats, coloring books and educational materials while supplies last. In addition, smoke and CO alarms will be on display including First Alert’s 10-year sealed battery alarms that provide reliable protection for a decade without the hassle of battery replacements. This event will also take place concurrently on at more than 30 other Lowe’s stores throughout the state. The Florence Lowe’s hosted a similar event October 5.
The NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends that homes have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement. There should be one CO alarm on each level and in or near each sleeping area. The average-sized home in America – a two-story, three-bedroom house – needs a minimum of five smoke alarms and four CO alarms.
Nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires each year and CO poisoning claims approximately 450 lives, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA also reports that almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%). Many of these tragedies could be prevented with the proper placement, number, and maintenance of working alarms.
In many parts of the country smoke and CO alarms are required by law. Local fire departments and building departments can provide relevant information. Additional information may be found at https://www.firstalert.com/community/legislation/