The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) is proud to partner with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 – 15. The theme of this year’s observance is “Protect Your Family from Fire.”
The District believes that fire safety is a topic that should not be taken lightly. According to the NFPA, fire departments across the United States responded to 362,500 home fires in 2009 alone. These caused nearly 2,600 deaths, more than 12,600 injuries, and $7.6 billion in damages.
The BCFPD Board of Trustees encourages residents to learn more about ways to protect their families from fire. A wide range of educational materials and tip sheets are available online at www.firepreventionweek,org.
Closer to home, District residents will reduce their risk of home fire injuries by:
Developing Home Escape Plans – Develop a home fire escape plan andpractice it with yourfamily twice peryear. Studies prove that fire can consumea home in lessthan two minutes,so rapid escape is essentialfor increasinga family’s odds ofsurvival.
Maintaining Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Two-thirds of homefire deaths happenin homes with noworking smoke detectors. That’s why it isessential for residents to test smoke andcarbon monoxide detectors in theirhomes once per month, and replace batteriestwice per year. A good rule ofthumb is to replace detector batterieswhen changing the clocks to daylight saving time in spring, and back to standard time each fall.
Cooking with Care – Unattended cooking equipment is theleading cause of home fires and associatedinjuries. Stay in the kitchen whenfrying, grilling or broiling food. Turn offthe stove if you leave the kitchen – evenfor a short period of time.
Installing Automated Sprinkler Systems – According to NFPA statistics, automatic sprinkler systems reduce the risk of fire deaths by 80 percent. Sprinklers also may decrease fire-related property damage by up to 70 percent.
The BCFPD is a recognized leader in its advocacy of fire sprinkler systems. Fire District trustees passed an ordinance requiring installation of automatic sprinkler systems in all new residential construction in 1997. The ordinance covers all areas of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties served by the BCFPD.
Two of the four communities that rely on the District for fire protection – Lake Barrington and Inverness – have also passed similar sprinkler ordinances.
For more information about BCFPD activities and events, call 847-304-3600 or visit www.bcfpd.org.