August 26, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has produced an American Sign Language video for Fire Prevention Week. The Fire Prevention Week theme – Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm – is conveyed through American Sign Language interpretation, voice-over, and open captioning.
The video emphasizes the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Information is provided on smoke alarms and alert devices to meet the needs of people who are deaf.
“We are excited to share our 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme and relevant smoke alarm safety tips with members of the deaf community,” Judy Comoletti, NFPA division manager for Public Education announced.
According to NFPA, half of all U.S. home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
The goal of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, is to protect everyone from fire. The new video is one of many tools the fire service can use for Fire Prevention Week campaigns.
About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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