For Immediate Release
April 10, 2007
CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s that time of year when we can shed the winter hats, coats, and gloves and focus on cleaning up and renewing our fire safety plans. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a structure fire is reported every 62 seconds and a fire death occurs every 2 hours and 23 minutes. Are you prepared in the event of a fire?
This year, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association encourages everyone to focus on rituals that will improve fire safety in the workplace.
The Role of Fire Extinguishers
Each year, there are approximately 1.6 million fires reported in the United States. These fires cause 3,600 deaths, 18,000 injuries, and $10.7 billion in property damage every year, according to NFPA.
Portable fire extinguishers can mean the difference between life and death -- a single flame and a tragedy. When a fire is put out in the first three minutes, lives are saved and property loss is minimized. A portable fire extinguisher is your first defense against fire when it is small, contained and everyone is safe.
While fire extinguishers are inexpensive and do not take up much space, they do require that you know how to use one properly and that they be inspected every year to ensure they are still serviceable. Take notice if a fire extinguisher appears to be tampered with or damaged at work. Call a local fire extinguisher maintenance company to inspect the unit.
Portable fire extinguishers are an inexpensive insurance policy that hopefully, will never be used. But when a fire strikes, it is not the time to learn how to use one. Use the Spring cleaning season as the time to focus on basic fire safety rituals, and take a moment for fire extinguisher education. It could save your life.
About the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60-year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design. For additional information, including videos, interactive questionnaires and training websites about fire safety and protection, visit www.femalifesafety.org or call 216-241-7333. For a complete listing of member companies, visit the Member Profiles page of the association’s website at www.femalifesafety.com/membership.html.
For More Information, Contact:
Coalesce, Inc. | 920-380-4444