Proud to have been at the Arkansas State Fire Convention in Hot Springs for the last two days. We met a lot of the men & women who serve our state every day and we were happy to get a chance to speak with them. Just as a reminder goto GRANTS for grant applications.
Monique’s Story is the incredible story of how a smoke alarm installed by the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction program saved the lives of Monique and her family late one night.
The Station Nightclub Fire…
Today we remember the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in US history, killing 100 people, and the second deadliest in New England, surpassed by the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire which resulted in 492 deaths.
The Station Nightclub had 462 people in attendance that night of which 100 perished and 230 were injured.
The fire started just seconds into the band’s opening song when pyrotechnics set off ignited flammable acoustic foam on both sides and the top center of the drummer’s alcove at the back of the stage.
This fire directly affected numerous fire codes in Rhode Island and changed a national code that now requires any nightclub made to hold more than 100 people MUST be sprinkled.
Nearly 5 million homes don’t have a smoke alarm installed. And in many homes that do, there’s another big problem: As in that house in St. Louis, the smoke alarms don’t work.
In fact, three out of every five people killed in a house fire didn’t have a working smoke alarm. The answers to these three questions could save your life:
- Do you have working smoke alarms with functioning batteries?
- 2-Are they in the right room?
- How old are they?
In Orlando, Florida, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen accompanied the local fire department as they went door to door, checking homes for safety risks and installing new alarms for free where needed. They encountered many problems, including alarms without batteries, kitchens with no smoke detectors within 10 feet, and even an alarm whose smoke sensor no longer worked, even though it beeped when tested.
That detector was manufactured in 2002, it turned out. “We like to change them out every 10 years,” the Orlando fire chief told Rossen. “Dust starts blocking the sensor; it can no longer see smoke.”
An easy way to test the sensor is the candle test, he explained. Light a candle, then blow it out and place your alarm right over the smoke. It should go off.
Another tip: If you’re worried about forgetting to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, you can buy lithium batteries at any big box store for $5 to $10. They work for 10 years.
All meetings are held at the Arkansas State Police Headquarters @ 10:00am.
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Keep children away from electric cords and outlets to prevent shock, burns or electrocution. Use plastic covers for all outlets. #NBAW2017
When cooking use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down. #NBAW2017