FIRE SAFETY AND PREVENTION
On average, seven people lose their lives in house fires in the United States every day. At William Mattar, we understand how devastating fires and burn injuries can be. That’s why we want to do everything we can to spread the message of fire safety and help prevent house fires and burns in Western New York. Learn important fire safety facts, get tips on how to prevent fires and avoid burn injuries, and find out about our initiatives and giveaways during Fire Safety Month this October.
Pictured above are Tom Young and Chris Young from, Ed Young’s True Value Hardware, and William Mattar.
October is Fire Safety Month, and the William Mattar Fire Safety Program wants to remind Western New Yorkers to take proper precautions to keep their homes safe from fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are vital for reducing fire-related deaths and injuries. The NFPA reports that 3 of every 5 home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
We want to keep Western New York safe, so we gave away certificates to Ed Young’s True Value Hardware for a free smoke detector!
If you signed up to receive your free smoke detector, it must be redeemed by November 5, 2016.
Fire Safety Facts and Statistics
Did you know that fire departments respond to as many as 400,000 home fires every year? According to the National Fire Prevention Association, tens of thousands of people are injured and more than $6 billion dollars in property damage occurs every year because of house fires.
- Accidents while cooking are the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Two of every five home fires starts in the kitchen.
- Improper supervision, maintenance, and usage of heaters and home heating elements is the second leading cause of house fires in the United States.
- A working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a house fire by half.
An easy safety precaution you can take to prevent house fires is to never leave cooking unattended. Another easy way to prevent injuries and deaths from house fires is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every floor of your house. Check your smoke alarms periodically to make they function properly and have fresh batteries. William Mattar wants every family in Western New York to be safe, which is why we give away free smoke alarms every year during the month of October.
Home Heating Safety Tips
As the temperature drops and Western New Yorkers face unpredictable weather, many rely on space heaters, fireplaces, and other types of home heating appliances to keep warm during the frigid winter months. As important as it is to stay warm, it’s also extremely important to follow safety guidelines that can help prevent house fires.
Here are a few quick and easy safety tips to help ensure you and your family stay safe and warm this winter:
- Be sure the front, back, and sides of your heater are clear.
Half of all deaths caused by heating equipment fires happen because something that can burn is too close to the heater. Make sure items such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, bedding, curtains, area rugs, and anything that can burn are placed a safe distance from any heat source.
- Have your fireplace or stove professionally cleaned.
A flammable substance called creosote builds up on the insides of chimneys and stoves and can ignite if your stove or chimney isn’t properly maintained. Schedule an inspection with a chimney cleaning service once every year and perform any necessary cleaning or maintenance before using your fireplace or stove.
- Call your gas company and schedule an inspection.
Gas fireplaces and gas heating systems should be inspected by your gas utility once a year for unsafe conditions such as leaks that may cause fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. In many cases, the safety inspection is free.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
Any heating device that burns fuel—kerosene, propane, wood, gas, and other types of fuel—emits carbon monoxide. If not properly ventilated, this colorless, odorless gas can cause a wide range of dangerous injuries and even death. Never use fuel-burning heaters in small, enclosed spaces and always install a carbon monoxide detector. Every year, William Mattar gives away free carbon monoxide detectors during the month of January to help keep families in Western New York safe.
Following simple safety precautions when heating your home can help you avoid fire safety hazards, protect your property, and save lives.
Support Your Local Volunteer Fire Department
William Mattar encourages supporting local volunteer fire departments that help protect our community. The need for donations and volunteer firefighters is greater than ever.
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) reports that there are 783,300 volunteer firefighters in the United States with volunteers comprising the majority of fire departments, especially in small and mid-sized communities. There has been a 13% decrease in the number of volunteers since 1984. The council attributes this decrease to several factors, including diminished community focus on volunteering and community pride, increased time spent on the job and commuting, as well as increasing training requirements for volunteer firefighters. However, while volunteer numbers have been decreasing, the demand on fire departments is increasing with call volume up nearly three times compared to 25 years ago.
By joining your local volunteer company, you can make an important difference in your community, providing firefighting and emergency medical services to your neighbors in their time of need. If you are unable to volunteer, please consider making a donation to support your local volunteer firefighters.