Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fire Prevention Week

There are many causes of homelessness in the United States and you're probably familiar with most of them. Loss of income, poverty level wages, domestic violence, mental illness, drug addiction, running away, and natural disasters to name some of the most common.  Most of these causes are so overwhelming in scope that any one of us would be hard pressed to make so much as a dent in the cause itself.

I subscribe to a Google alert for "homelessness". Somewhere between 40 and 60 links are delivered each morning to my inbox.  It occurred to me one day that out of each batch of links, between 15% and 30% of them read something like "Apartment fire leaves 22 Homeless". 

This is one of the causes of homelessness that we CAN do something about and we will be protecting our own families from this experience at the same time. 

This week (October 9 through October 15) has been designated Fire
Prevention Week, 2011.  We all see news stories about fire and its consequences but I'm willing to bet that we feel immune. It only happens to other people, right?  Well, did you know that in 2009, there were a total of 362,500 home structure fires in the US?  Every 87 seconds, the home of one "immune" person burned.

Here's something interesting - Take the Quiz presented by the Fire Prevention Association.  It only takes a minute. Then go on to read more of the informative pages on their website.  Make sure that your family doesn't show up on my Google Alert email, please.

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