October is Fire Prevention Month

UL encourages everyone to practice fire safety throughout the year, but for the month of October we want to provide a special focus on fire safety. This year fire prevention week is October 3-9 and the 2021 fire prevention theme established by NFPA is“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”TM so we wanted to be sure that everyone has some information that can help keep them fire safe throughout the month of October and beyond.

Below are some tips from UL to help keep you safe:

Smoke Alarms

UL certified smoke alarms notify the occupants of the presence of a threatening fire and allow them time to escape to a place of safety before such escape might be hindered by smoke or flames.

Click here to watch the UL Smoke Alarm Friendship Stories: What’s Cooking from UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI).

Make sure to have working smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside and outside sleeping areas, including the basement. Visit smokealarms.ul.org to learn about the Smoke Alarm Friendship Stories created by FSRI.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms play an important role in protecting the public against carbon monoxide poisoning. CO alarms automatically notify occupants of the presence of levels of carbon monoxide that constitute a potential life safety risk and the need to take action as a consequence of those levels.


Fire Sprinklers

Working fire sprinklers can help to suppress or extinguish fires and UL plays an important role in testing and certification of fire sprinklers to determine that fire sprinkler systems operate as intended during a fire. Essential components of fire sprinkler systems, such as sprinklers and piping, are required to undergo comprehensive evaluations to verify that they meet rigorous nationally recognized standards.


Close Before You Doze

Close Before You Doze comes as the result of over a decade of research conducted by UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), proving that a simple behavioral change, closing the door, could have potentially life-saving impact during a fire. Spreading this crucial fire safety message with first responders and the public has become an essential part of advancing the UL mission, working for a safer world.

UL XplorlabsTM

Xplorlabs is an educational platform is designed to encourage students to “solve through science.” Through webinars, interactive videos, instructional experiences, hands-on classroom activities, and creative classroom challenges. The Xplorlabs virtual learning resource platform has been expanded to include valuable information presented in recorded webinars visit the Xplorlabs webinar page to learn more.

Fire Extinguishers

Having the right fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it and maintain it can help save your home and even your life. No matter what kind of fire extinguisher you get, household fire extinguishers are intended for use only when the fire is contained, such as when something is burning in a pot or wastebasket. Fires travel fast, so if a fire in your house is spreading, get out immediately and call 911.