Safety Matters

RIU6 Safety Committee - Fall 2016

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Fire Prevention Week

October 9 - 15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week and the focus of this year's campaign is smoke alarm replacement. The National Fire Protection Association survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.


If you don’t already have smoke alarms (statistics say that 90% of all home have them, but sadly, an estimated 20% do not have working alarms!) then please purchase or replace these life saving devices. If you do have them, now is the time of year to check that they are in working condition and to put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms. Many of the home fires where there have been fatalities have smoke alarms but the smoke alarm was non-functioning or did not have good batteries in them.


For more information regarding replacing your outdated smoke alarms, visit http://www.nfpa.org/ and watch the Sparky video below.

Sparky the Fire Dog® shows how to find out the age of a smoke alarm

Fall into Safety

Safety Committee Welcomes Kelly Hartzell

Please join us in welcoming Kelly Hartzell to the RIU6 Safety Committee. Kelly joined RIU6 this year as a secretary in the Business Office and is the newest addition to our committee.


The RIU6 Safety Committee meetings are held monthly and the minutes are available through the committee secretary, Daphne Himes. Additional members of the committee include: Chris Merryman, Tammy Starcher, Greg Machokas, Gary Collett, Joni Sharrow and Tina Gibbs.

To suggest topics:

Contact any member of the Safety Committee if you have suggestions for future topics.