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On Sunday morning just before 5:00 a.m., a man slept through his smoke alarm sounding due to a cooking fire. Fortunately, four-year-old Trystan Dezalia heard the alarm and awoke his family, worried about the “strange noise” coming from the other side of the wall. Trystan’s parents could smell the smoke from the next door apartment, then promptly contacted 911 and woke up all their neighbors. 

When fire departments arrived, they encountered heavy smoke but no flames. They removed the man from the apartment, who was still sleeping but uninjured. According to Fire Chief Mark Burrows of the Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, there’s no telling how much how much smoke the man might have inhaled – and what kind of injuries he might have suffered – had the little boy next door not heard the alarm.

Download our smoke alarm safety tip sheet and learn more about the potentially life-saving impact of smoke alarms on NFPA's Smoke Alarms Central, which includes a wealth of information on properly installing and maintaining smoke alarms throughout your home and much more.

Lightning safety

This year, from June 22rd to 28th, the National Weather Service is commemorating Lightning Safety Awareness Week. This is an important educational week for them, and us, because summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena--lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, according to the latest NFPA report, local fire departments respond to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning. These fires cause an average of nine civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries, and $451 million in direct property damage per year. 

The National Weather Service has provided many educational resources on their website, including information on;

  • Safety: Learn what you need to do to stay safe when thunderstorms threaten.
  • Victims: Learn what happens to people who are struck by lightning and look at fatality statistics for the U.S.
  • Science: Learn how thunderstorms develop and what happens during a lightning discharge.
  • Myths and Facts: Get answers to many of the questions you have always wondered about
  • Teachers: find curriculum guides, presentations games, activities, and more.
  • Kids: Download games, videos, coloring pages and other fun stuff.
  • More Resources: Download toolkits, posters, pamphlets, and other information to help communities, organizations, and families stay safe from the dangers of lightning

In addition, NFPA offers lightning safety tips in an easy to read tip sheet. Check them out above or download these NFPA safety tips on lightning. 

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