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National Fire Prevention Week 2016

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Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are, or have you replaced your smoke alarm’s battery recently? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.

A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. The lack of awareness is a concern for fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms save lives.

The National Fire Alarm Code requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk.

Millers Mutual is helping to promote NFPA’s 2016 Fire Prevention Week Campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing hold old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old.

But we aren’t stopping there. Our charitable giving committee will be distributing fire prevention kits to various apartment residents in the Central PA. The kit includes a brochure on fire safety for apartment living, a magnet reminding residents when to change smoke alarm batteries, a replacement battery for smoke alarms and a fireman pen for the kiddos! Contact Katie Gouldner at kgouldner@millersinsurance.com if interested in distributing our National Fire Prevention Week kits to your residents.

Additional Resources:

Fire Prevention Week Infographic

Smoke Alarm Fact Sheet

Smoke Alarms at Home