PRESENTED BY: FORT KNOX FIRE DEPARTMENT
Every home should have at least one working
smoke alarm and most states have laws requiring them in residential
dwellings. Homes with working smoke alarms usually have a death rate
40-50% less than the rate for homes without smoke alarms.
Some smoke detector tips are:
Smoke alarms should be placed on
every floor of the house and outside each sleeping area. If you
sleep with the door closed, install smoke alarm inside the room.
Smoke alarms should not be
installed near a window, door, or forced-air register where drafts
could interfere with their operation.
Test smoke alarms at least once a
month and clean the units in accordance with manufacture
Install new batteries in all smoke at
least once a year or upon moving into a new home unless the detector
is equipped with a long life (ten year) battery.
Never borrow a battery from a smoke
While smoke alarms alert people to
fires, families still need to develop and practice home fire escape
plans so that they can get out quickly!
Sources of information:
The U.S. Fire Administration
National Fire Incident Reporting
The National Fire Protection Association
Booze, drugs, driving donít mix
Presented By: Armor Center Safety Office
The following information was obtained from the National Highway Traffic
Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and
non-fatally injure someone every two minutes.
During 2005, 16,885 people in the U.S. died in alcohol-related motor
vehicle crashes, representing 39% of all traffic-related deaths.
In 2005, nearly 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the
influence of alcohol or narcotics. Thatís less than one percent of the
159 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among
U.S. adults each year.
Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in
about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are
generally used in combination with alcohol.
More than half of the 414 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died
in alcohol-related crashes during 2005 were riding with the drinking
In 2005, 48 children age 14 years and younger who were killed as
pedestrians or pedal cyclists were struck by impaired drivers.
Each year, alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost about $51
Male drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as
likely as female drivers to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater. It is illegal to drive with a
BAC of 0.08% or higher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration, the risk of being involved
in a crash is greater for young people than for older people. In 2005,
16 percent of drivers ages 16 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes
had been drinking alcohol.
Young men ages 18 to 20 (under the legal drinking age) reported driving
while impaired more frequently than any other age group.
Among motorcycle drivers killed in fatal crashes, 30 percent have BACs
of 0.08 percent or greater.
Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are
age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40 to 44 years have the highest
percentage of fatalities with BACs of 0.08 percent or greater.
Of the 1,946 traffic fatalities among children ages 0 to 14 years in
2005, 21 percent involved alcohol.
Among drivers involved in fatal crashes, those with BAC levels of 0.08
percent or higher were nine times more likely to have a prior conviction
for driving while impaired than were drivers who had not consumed