Fire Safety and Prevention

An article from the October 2016 issue of the NHPHA e-Newsletter
Submitted by Jessica Morton, Health Promotion Advisor and Health Officer Liaison
Healthy Homes and Environments Section, DPHS, NH DHHS and the NH State Fire Marshalls's Office

Two very important Safety Campaigns take place every fall.  The fall of 2016 is no exception.   New Hampshire State Fire Marshal, J. William "Bill" Degnan, has requested that Governor Maggie Hassan sign two  proclamations.  One is to declare October as Fire Prevention Month. This year's theme for Fire Prevention is Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.  “Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” says Marshal Degnan.  “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate the residents of New Hampshire about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”  The second is to declare November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month.  Often called the Invisible Killer because carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless poisonous gas that you cannot see or smell.   It is created when fuels -gasoline, wood, charcoal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane - burn incompletely. The Carbon Monoxide Alliance, a New Hampshire/Vermont collaborative effort was formed to educate the public on the preventable causes of CO incidents and to help them understand how to take action to remedy them. 

Learn more about the NH Department of Safety, Divison of Fire Safety here

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