A killer is on the loose.
If you think your family is safe, think again.
A fire occurs in America every 12 seconds.
1.5 million Americans are burned each year; many never resume normal lives.
Burns are the #1 leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of two, the #2 cause in children under age four, and #3 cause of children under age 19.
Fire kills three times more children annually than polio did when the disease was a runaway epidemic.
sources: The U.S. Fire Administration, The National Fire Protection Association, National Burn Coalition
Face the facts. Fire effects millions of Americans every year. The destruction and heartbreak associated with fire is indescribable. When a person becomes a victim to a home fire, there is one common statement that is echoed time and time again:
“I didn’t think it could happen to me.”
Nobody likes to think about suffering a home fire, especially one with a devastating outcome. But terrible home fires strike families at random everyday. And most tragic fires occur at night, when you least expect it. In order to prepare your family for a safe escape from fire, you must accept the fact that a fire can happen in your home.
Accepting the fact that your family is vulnerable, and then taking steps to reduce the vulnerability, is much easier than facing the reality that surviving victims and their families must face. They must deal with the reality that their lives have been changed forever, and it could have been prevented if they had prepared themselves before their fire.
Intelligent people don’t gamble with their lives.
And they certainly don’t gamble with the lives of those who are precious to them. It only takes a little awareness and a few common sense decisions to prevent a real fire tragedy from changing your life. That is exactly what DeTech’s Fire Safety Awareness Program is designed to do. It will increase your family’s fire safety awareness and provide you with fact-based information so you can make intelligent decisions concerning your family’s safety.
Common questions & answers concerning your family’s safety:
Q: What are my family’s chances of experiencing some sort of home fire?
A: According to the National Fire Alarm Code, it is estimated that each household will experience three (usually unreported) fires per decade and two fires serious enough to report to the fire department per lifetime.
Q: I have smoke detectors in my home. Doesn’t that make my family safe?
A: People die in homes equipped with working smoke detectors most every day. While having smoke detectors is an important step towards making your family safer, they certainly don’t guarantee that everyone in your family will survive a home fire. Several factors have an impact on whether or not your family will have enough time to escape. The type of fire, the quality and placement of the detectors, and how well you’ve prepared your family to react in the fire are just a few of the things that help determine whether or not your family will escape unharmed.
Q: My home is fairly new and the smoke detectors were installed by the builder. Will they save my family?
A: All smoke detectors wear out. Over time, yours will too. In fact, chances are great that they have already experienced a reduction in sensitivity or completely stopped working. Pressing the test button only tests the horn and the power, but it doesn’t test the smoke sensing capability of the detector. Tests have confirmed that the cheaper models favored by most home builders have a surprisingly short life expectancy and they react slow to smoldering fires. There are easy and effective methods of truly testing your detector and they are covered during the brief Safety Awareness Program.
Thousands have benefited from viewing the DeTech Fire Safety Awareness Program. Here is what a few of them had to say:
The information on home fires and home fire safety was very eye-opening. Even though I was a firefighter for over four years, I wasn’t aware of the many facts that were presented!”
Scott Barner– Firefighter, 4 years
“Having been a member of the fire service for 15 years, I thought I knew a lot about fire safety. I was impressed by what I learned and humbled by what I didn’t know. I am now comfortable knowing my family will be warned if a fire was to occur.”
Steven Hyde- Firefighter– 15 yrs.
“We were enlightened by the education we received on smoke detectors. I feel safe and better equipped to handle the situation in the event of a fire.”
The Hubscher Family
“The information showed us where we had inadequate protection for our family.”
“Very informative and it opened my eyes to the fire dangers that my family wasn’t protected from.”
“I wish everyone I know could see the program to learn about the dangers that exist with fire.”
“I learned how fast fire can spread and the importance of being warned in time!”
We are DeTech. We save lives.
DeTech Firesense Technologies is a leader in the fight against the U.S. home fire epidemic. The company and its Authorized Dealers save lives by raising public awareness through fire safety education programs, and protect families with the finest fire safety equipment available today.
The FST2006NST and the DT2006SM are some of the most versatile and sophisticated smoke detection devices available for residential applications. They are powered by a pair of replaceable lithium batteries with a 10 year life expectancy. DeTech’s smoke detectors not only monitor for the presence of smoke, but they feature patented internal diagnostics that automatically compensate sensitivity levels to keep the detector operating at peak efficiency. The DT2006SM even utilizes internal software to send a wireless signal to the base station to call the fire department for you! The DT2006SM is the latest advancement from over 30 years of smoke detection research and development.
It’s About Real Safety.
The FST2004H is backed by over 30 years of heat detection engineeringexperience. This device gives families superior reliability with documented performance of less than a one in a million failure rate. The FST2004H can protect areas that smoke detectors cannot, and requires no external power source (batteries or electricity) so you never have to worry about dead batteries or power loss.
It’s About Time.
DeTech Authorized Dealers carry a full line of fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and escape ladders. DeTech Certified Safety Consultants are specially trained and qualified to make recommendations as to proper placement of detection equipment for maximum protection for the family and the home.
GET OUT SAFELY: FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING
Family members must know what to do in the event of a fire in their home. Unless a small fire can be easily controlled, it is recommended that fighting the fire be left to professional firefighters and that family members escape safely from the home.
A home escape plan must be created and practiced so that each person knows exactly what to do. First draw a floor plan of your home including all exits. Study the floor plan to determine multiple exits from every part of the house with special emphasis on the bedrooms.
Regardless of the cause of the fire, a home may be filled with smoke very quickly. This is a very dangerous situation. Family members may be unable to see very well. The smoke and toxic gases may cause dizziness and disorientation. In the confusion, one can easily become lost or trapped in the home. It has been proven that exit drills reduce chances of panic and injury in fires and that trained and informed people have a much better chance to survive fires in their home.
Remember, Plan Ahead!
The first step toward escaping a fire is to plan ahead. Be sure to practice your escape plan several times throughout the year to make escape an instinct.
In the event of a fire, remember – time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds a small fire can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. Be ready for it.
Establish a Safe Meeting Place
A special meeting place should be established a safe distance from the house. This is where everyone meets in the event of a fire. When establishing a meeting place, be sure to choose a location that is stationary and can’t be moved. It could be a mailbox, the neighbor’s driveway or a large tree in the yard. Cars will not serve as a good meeting place because they may not be parked in their normal parking place at the time of the fire. Having a meeting place prevents family members from wandering around the neighborhood looking for one another, or worse, being tempted to re-enter the burning house for one thought to be trapped inside.
Once outside at the special meeting place, a person can be sent to the neighbor’s to call 9-1-1. If anyone is missing, give that information to the fire department immediately and tell them where the probable location of the missing person could be. Under no circumstances should anyone re-enter the burning building. Have children practice saying the fire department number, the family name, and street address into the phone.
Your Escape Route
After each member of the family knows how to get safely outside by at least two routes, members should practice opening their windows to become familiar with their operation. Jammed windows should be identified and repaired. If, during a fire, a window is jammed, it may be broken out with an object and a blanket or
towel placed over the frame to cover shards of glass. However, it is much safer to open a window than it is to break the glass out. Also, have each member of your family practice feeling their way out of the house with their eyes closed to simulate the darkness that accompanies a home fire.
If security bars are installed on any windows, “fire safe bars” should be installed or retrofitted. An exit should not require special tools. A key is considered a special tool. Bars on windows should have a single action quick release device.
FIRE! What Do We Do????
When a fire occurs, do not waste time saving property. Be sure that children know not to re-enter the home under any circumstances. Take the fastest and safest exit route.
Crawl Low…But Not Too Low!
Be prepared to escape though toxic smoke if necessary. Keep your mouth covered. The smoke contains toxic gases that can disorient you or overcome you. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice crawling low on their hands and knees, one to two feet above the ground. By keeping your head low, you’ll be able to breathe the “good” air that’s closer to the floor. It’s important to practice crawling on your hands and knees, not your bellies, as some poisons produced by fire are heavier than air and settle to the floor.
Your life and the lives of your family members could depend on how well everyone can remain calm and think clearly. When you come to a closed door, use the back of your hand to first feel the top of the door. If the top is not hot, feel the doorknob and the crack between the door and doorframe to make sure the heat or the fire is not directly on the other side of the door. If the components of the door are hot, use your secondary escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it carefully. Brace your shoulder against the door to shield your body, and open it slowly. If heat and smoke come in, slam the door and make sure it is securely closed, then use your alternate escape route.
Exit Safely From a Structure
Jumping from upper floors of a building should be avoided. Each second story bedroom should be equipped with an escape ladder. If the bedroom window exits to the roof of a garage or adjacent building, occupants can practice making a safe exit onto the roof of the structure to escape from the burning home.
Stop, Drop And Roll
If your clothes should catch on fire, don’t run! Stop where you are, protect your face by covering your face with your hands, drop to the ground and roll horizontally to smother the flames. Make sure to practice stop, drop and roll with any children in the home.