Neighbor Helping Neighbor (National Fire Prevention Week)

By Ellen Cooke

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National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15. Help us fight fire with prevention!

It’s National Fire Prevention Week and we want to do all we can to help our customers, employees and friends and families stay safe. That’s why we’re teaming up with Fire Departments across our US service area to spread safety messages and equip our homes to avoid dangerous, even potentially deadly fires.

Here’s how you can help as we continue our ‘Neighbor Helping Neighbor’ campaign …

Let’s help others

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” We’ve got posters up with key messages (see below). We’ll also have booths at key company locations – Albany, Greenpoint, Hicksville, Melville, MetroTech, Res Woods and Syracuse (SOC) – where you can come learn more and maybe even win a free Power to Serve t-shirt.

This year, we’re also encouraging employees to purchase a smoke and/or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm for our neighbors in need. We’ll have bins available at key company locations through October 14 for you to drop off your donation(s), which local fire departments will then distribute to households in your community. The alarms just need to be UL-certified and you’re good to go.

Fight fire with prevention

As always, there are steps you can take – and talk to your family and loved ones about – to help prevent fires and stay safe, Fire Prevention Week and all year long. To get started:

  • Check and test your smoke and CO alarms today
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
  • Make sure your home has a CO detector and know what to do if it goes off (click here to find out more about deadly CO and how you can stay safe)
  • Have an escape plan
  • Go over your home’s Fire Safety Checklist
  • During a fire: GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • Check out NFPA’s Safety Tip Sheets for preventing electrical, heating, cooking, candles and more
  • And for more information on fire safety prevention, visit the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, firepreventionweek.org and the American Red Cross site.

Why’s this all so important?

The significance of smoke alarms in saving lives can’t be overstated:

  • More than half of home fire deaths in the US happen between 11pm and 7am when people are asleep. If there’s a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out
  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. (When smoke alarms fail to operate, it’s usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead)

Help us be part of the solution! Do all you can to support our National Fire Prevention Week efforts and help save the lives of our neighbors in need, our families and ourselves.

First responders:

  • Check out our First Responder Website Training – firstresponder.ngridsafety.com – for more on gas and electric safety (the site was recently updated with new modules on electric and LNG)
  • Apply for our Power to Serve Local Energy program, where your organization can get $250 for every 25 hours of your volunteer service.
  • And click here to register on our First Responder database so we can share promotional events, tools and training information with you.
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