Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association reminds you to not only change your clock for Daylight Saving Time but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.
“Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years,” says Captain Trevor Towey. Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1.
Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.
“You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month,” says Towey. Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited.
More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire.
As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Staying active and improving healthy eating habits during American Heart Month this February – and going forward – can help increase public health nationwide and prevent heart attack and disease from happening to you and your loved ones.
Coronary heart disease is caused by plaque build-up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart and can result in heart attack, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias. Heart disease in the United States costs approximately $312.6 billion annually, including lost productivity, health care and medications.
Fire fighters respond to cardiac events and know firsthand the survivability rate due to cardiovascular events. “Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from heart attacks,” says Steve LeClair, a fire fighter with Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF L385.
The nature of the job also puts fire fighters at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. “Because of the physical demands of the job, fire fighters must stay healthy and physically fit,” says LeClair. “Annual medical and physical exams are critical ways to prevent and reduce heart attacks and heart disease. Regular exercise, eating a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol are all great ways to reduce your risk.”
The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF L385 encourages you to keep the following Center for Disease Control tips in mind to help prevent heart disease:
Heart Attack Symptoms
There are five major symptoms of a heart attack. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Remember to immediately call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. For more information about heart health, visit cdc.gov/heartdisease.
Disasters can take many forms – home fires, hurricanes, floods or earthquakes – and they can strike anywhere, at any time.
“Before a disaster strikes, it’s important for families to have a plan. If you don’t already have one, make it your New Year’s resolution. Include how to get to a safe place, how to contact each other, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations,” says Trevor Towey of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a plan template available at http://bit.ly/FEMAplan.
The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association suggests using the following guidelines to create a personalized home emergency plan for you and your family:
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From Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2013, the Omaha Fire Fighters commissioned a survey of residents who live within the service area of the Omaha Fire Department.