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Fire Rescue Decals Save Lives By Alerting Firefighters To Save Children And Pets Inside


LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2005) – Here’s a way to help alert firefighters to rescue your child and the family pet in the event of a fire., a company specializing in home safety products, offers fire rescue warning decals for windows and doors to alert firefighters to save children and pets inside.

For children, the fluorescent orange fire rescue decals say: “CHILD ALERT™ In Case of Fire SAVE Child INSIDE.” Another reads: “In Case of Fire SAVE ___ Children INSIDE.” Other versions alert firefighters to rescue pets, senior citizens and people with disabilities. The weather-resistant, 3 ˝” X 5 ˝” decals can be purchased online at

According to a national survey of fire departments released this week by Fire House Magazine, firefighters responded to 1.6 million fire calls in 2004. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms fires an estimated 3,000 people die in fires each year and another 14,000 suffer burns and other injuries. The exact number of pets that perish in house fires each year is estimated to be in the thousands.

“People are horrified when they stop to think about how helpless their children and pets would be in a fire,” says Todd Appleman, creator of the fire rescue decals. “Many of these tragedies could be avoided if firefighters were made aware of who might be inside a burning house from the moment they arrive on the scene.”

Noting that fires create heat and poisonous gases that can kill in a matter of seconds, Appleman adds, “Having a smoke alarm can dramatically increase the chances to survive a fire, and fire rescue decals alert firefighters of who might be inside when they arrive on the scene. Having this combination in place can mean the difference between life and death.”

Fire Safety Tips

The CDC offers 10 safety tips to help prevent loss of life and injury in residential house fires:

 Install smoke alarms on each floor of your home. Be sure to place smoke alarms near rooms where people sleep.

 Test smoke alarms every month to ensure that they working properly.

 Use smoke alarms equipped with lithium-powered, long-life batteries. If long-life smoke alarms are not available, replace the batteries every year. To help you remember this annual task change your batteries when you change your clocks to standard time in the fall.

 Never leave food on a stove unattended. Keep cooking areas free of flammable objects, such as potholders and towels.

 Avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves when cooking.

 Do not smoke in bed. Never leave burning cigarettes unattended. Do not empty smoldering ashes in a trash can. Keep ashtrays away from furniture and curtains.

 Portable space heaters should not be placed near flammable materials, furniture or drapes.

 Make a family fire escape plan and practice it every six months. Include in the plan, at least two different escape routes from each room for each family member. Designate a safe place to meet after escaping a fire.

 Install fire sprinklers in your home. Fire prinklers can be retrofitted to existing homes or installed during new construction.

 If your home has burglar bars, be sure a “quick release” mechanism is installed on all windows. Dozens of children and adults die annually when they are trapped inside a burning home with no escape due to burglar bars that cannot be removed.

In addition to these tips, the National Safe Kids Campaign provides fire safety information and resources. Visit

About offers Smart Products For Family Safety. In addition to fire rescue decals, is an official reseller of the Terrapin Safety Turtle wristband alarm, the only system of its kind that alerts parents and/or pet owners when a child or pet falls into the pool or any water hazard such as a koi pond, stream, or in the water at a lake cottage. Safety Turtle consists of one AC-powered Base Station that supports one or more Turtle wristbands of the same color which lock snuggly on a child’s wrist with a “child-proof” key, or they can be attached to a pet’s collar. If the child or pet falls into the water, the Turtle sensor sends a signal to the Base Station which sounds a siren until the system is reset. Information about Safety Turtle is available at For more information about pool safety, visit or call 1-800-892-9551.



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