Were you aware that National Fire Prevention Week is this week, October 9 – 15, 2011? Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home so this is a great time to remind people to take a look around and take the appropriate safety precautions as necessary.

One Step Ahead’s Fire Safety material provides valuable tips to prevent house fires and protect children & recommends the below fire safety products:

Fire Escape Safety Ladder for Windows: No multi-level home should be without a fire ladder. So simple even a child can use it. This panic-proof Fire Escape was developed and patented by a firefighter, and is a must for all 2 and 3 story homes. Unlike other emergency ladders, our fire escape ladder is guaranteed not to tangle, becomes rigid when stepped on, and will not sway. Stores easily under a bed or in a closet. Just hook it onto the window sill and pull the tear-away Velcro® strap for a quick, non-slip path to safety. Aluminum and plastic design is so lightweight even a child can lift it. Holds up to 600 lbs.

Fire Resistant & Waterproof Mattress Pad: How about a waterproof mattress pad that’s fire-resistant, too! This hard-to-find mattress cover not only guards against wetness, but — unlike most others — is also flame-resistant for added fire protection. Of course, kids won’t know the difference, because it’s comfortably quilted and cushy, with a 200 thread count cotton top. No need to worry about harsh chemical treatments; it’s made from soft, inherently flame-resistant fibers. Available in Crib and Twin bed sizes.

Child Safety Blanket: This revolutionary fire blanket blocks heat and flames better than anything! And it’s lightweight and child-sized, so kids can easily wrap it around themselves. Keep one under each bed–but bring one along when camping and boating. Helps retain body heat; can also be used to extinguish fires. 45″ x 38″. Made of high-tech Basofil® fiber-makes wool blankets obsolete.

Hearth Child Safety Gate for Fireplace: When it comes to fire, you can’t take chances. Keep your fireplace or wood burning stove securely off-limits! Hearth Gate keeps kids safely away from heat and flames, no matter what size or shape your hearth. Protects against sharp corners and rough surfaces, too. The five 24″ segments adjust in 10-degree increments so you can angle them to fit any area. The interlocking two-way gate fits anywhere in the configuration. Basic gate fits hearths 6’W by 2’D; additional 24″ Extensions sold separately Made of sturdy steel, with a non-toxic finish. Heat-resistant. Perfect for grills and spas, too.

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