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Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products

September 16, 2009 13:11 ET

Top Ten Tips for Burn and Fire Prevention

Tyco, Home Safety Council Provide Life-Saving Tips in Honor of National Fire Safety Month

LANSDALE, PA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - In the United States, approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported per year. The Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation reports that, of those injuries, between 8,000 and 12,000 of the burn patients die and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury. According to the Home Safety Council's State of Home Safety in America™ Report, fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injury and related deaths.

"Fire safety and survival begin with everyone in your household being prepared," said Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. "Nearly 90 percent of all fires occur in the home, making it especially important to educate yourself and your family about ways you can decrease the likelihood of a fire taking place in your own home."

This October, in honor of National Fire Safety Month, take time to learn and follow the top ten burn and fire prevention tips below as recommended by the Home Safety Council and Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products to reduce the chances of fire in your home:

1. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.

Keep things that can burn, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, and curtains at least three feet away from the range top. Before cooking, roll up sleeves and use oven mitts. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot burner and catch on fire.

2. Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.

Many young children are badly burned or die playing with matches and lighters.

3. Space heaters need space.

Keep them at least three feet away from things that can burn, such as curtains or stacks of newspaper. Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

4. Smoke outside.

If you must smoke, use "fire-safe" cigarettes and smoke outside.

5. Make a fire escape plan for your family.

Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect -- hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.

6. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.

There are two kinds of smoke alarms -- photoelectric and ionization. If possible, get some of each kind or buy "combination" smoke alarms that have both types of sensors. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year.

7. Teach every family member to "Stop, Drop, Roll and Cool."

If clothes catch fire, drop immediately to the ground, cross your hands over your chest and roll over and over or back and forth to put out the flames. Cool the burned area with cold water and seek medical attention for serious burns.

8. Keep things that can burn away from your fireplace.

Also keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace.

9. Make sure that heat sources are professionally inspected every year.

Have a service person inspect chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves and central furnaces once a year.

10. Install a home fire sprinkler system in your new home, or when you remodel.

Sprinklers can control or even extinguish the fire before it can build deadly heat and smoke so you and your family can escape safely, and limit damage to the home. The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 80 percent.

"New home finishes and contents have become significant contributors to the heightened severity of fires occurring in the home," said Darren Palmieri, product manager of residential fire protection at Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products (TFSBP). "Because of this, homes are burning at much faster rates, leaving just under three minutes for families to evacuate safely. That's why installing a combination of residential fire sprinklers and smoke alarms are so critical for fire safety and survival."

Tyco manufactures the Rapid Response® Home Fire Sprinkler System. The Rapid Response system is always on call, working to suppress fires rapidly and effectively. The system responds during a threatening fire when surrounding air temperature rises and the sprinkler closest to the fire activates. The sprinkler then sprays water over the flames, either extinguishing them completely or suppressing heat and toxic smoke until the fire department arrives. These systems have more than 20 years of proven, reliable performance in the field.

About Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products

Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products is a strategically aligned business unit with globally recognized products sold under leading brands including ANSUL, GRINNELL MECHANICAL, HYGOOD, PYRO-CHEM, QUELL, RAPID RESPONSE, SKUM, and TYCO FIRE & BUILDING PRODUCTS. Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products produces fire protection and ancillary building construction solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, and residential customers. Heavy emphasis is placed on research and development resulting in innovations and global approvals covering specialized chemical and water-based fire technologies. Key products include manual firefighting equipment, detection/suppression systems, extinguishing agents, sprinkler systems, valves, piping products, and fittings.

About Tyco International

Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC) is a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers around the world. Tyco is a leading provider of security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco had 2009 revenue of more than $17 billion and has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. More information on Tyco can be found at

About the Home Safety Council

The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC. More information can be found at

Contact Information

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    Darren Palmieri
    Product Manager
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