The Home Safety Council (HSC) and Lowe’s kickoff Fire Safety Month with Safety Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 to teach families how to prevent accidents in the home. The home is the second most common location of unintentional fatal injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 20 percent of all injury deaths. The five leading causes of unintentional home injury deaths are falls, poisoning, fire/burn injuries, choking/suffocation, and drowning. Together, these causes account for 90 percent of all unintentional home injury deaths, according to the Home Safety Council.
At 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, every Lowe’s store across the United States, Canada and Mexico will offer a Build and Grow clinic focused on home safety that will allow children to build a wooden fire truck to take home. Children also will receive educational materials created by the Home Safety Council, providing a fun, exciting and creative way to learn about home and fire safety. To sign-up for the fire truck Build and Grow clinic at a local store, visit Lowesbuildandgrow.com.
In addition to Build and Grow activities, many Lowe’s stores will host safety fairs in the parking lot to serve as a one-stop resource for home safety ideas and project starters to help rid homes of hidden dangers. Visitors can ask local safety experts questions about home safety products and receive valuable home safety advice to help keep their families safe from fires, burns and other home injuries.
In celebration of Safety Saturday, the Home Safety Council and Lowe’s encourage families to identify and fix home hazards. Follow the “Top 5 Home Safety Projects and Tips” to help ensure a safe home year round.
Falls are the leading cause of home injury and injury-related deaths in the U.S., accounting for 33 percent of fatalities.
Unintentional poisoning is the second-leading cause of unintentional home injury deaths in the U.S., with an average of 4,833 deaths annually.
Prevent Fires and Burns
An average of 3,402 persons die each year as a result of a residential fire or burn injury, and 261,326 nonfatal fire and burn injuries occur in the home every year.
Unintentional obstructed airway injuries are the fourth leading cause of unintentional home injury deaths in the U.S. and result in an average of 1,092 fatalities each year. Children under age 5 are at greatest risk of obstructed airway injuries.
Prepare for an Emergency
Every family needs to know what to do in an emergency situation and taking steps to prepare ahead of time can save lives.
In 1993, Lowe’s founded the Home Safety Council with the vision of creating safer American homes. The Home Safety Council became an independent, nonprofit organization in 2003, and Lowe’s continues to support the organization’s mission through the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
For more tips on how to make your home safer, one Saturday project at a time, visit homesafetycouncil.org/SafetySaturday.
For a list of Chicago area Lowe’s stores, click here.
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