Obviously, fire safety in the home is common sense and not to be ignored.  But with the daily hustle of work and family schedules, it is easy to let slide the routine chore of double-checking your household fire alarms (replace with fresh batteries) and fire extinguisher (making sure it is not expired).  And that is why the American Red Cross (AMR) has instituted this week, October 5 through 11, as National Fire Prevention Week.   The AMR’s intent is to remind us all to take 5-10 minutes out of our busy life to check and make sure our household fire safety systems are in working order.  According to the AMR, studies confirm that properly working fire alarms, alone, cut the risk of death from fire by 50%.  For more information about your household fire safety systems, contacting your local fire department for guidance and assistance is both reasonable and encouraged.

Authored by L. Page Graves