|[February 28, 2013]
ASI's Battery Campaign Focuses On Fire Safety Awareness
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
American Strategic Insurance Corp. (ASI) knows firsthand that a properly
functioning smoke detector is an around-the-clock sentry which can alert
your family at a moment's notice. And making sure the 9-volt battery in
your smoke alarm(s) is working can be all it takes to save a life.
As part of an effort to highlight fire safety awareness, ASI has
launched its 14th annual battery campaign. ASI reminds its
policyholders to replace the 9-volt batteries as a way to promote fire
safety and remind folks to maintain working detectors. This year, ASI
will mail more than 1.26 million batteries to its policyholders. The
packages, which will have two 9-volt batteries, also will include a
safety reminder asking the policyholders to perform the simple task of
updating the batteries in their smoke detectors.
"ASI can repair your home, but we can't replace you or your loved ones,"
said John Auer ASI's president and CEO, about the importance of smoke
Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show
that in 2011 there were 370,000 home structure fires in the United
States. Those fires caused 2,520 deaths and $6.9 billion in property
losses. Information from the NFPA says that "almost two-thirds of home
fire deaths were in homes that had no smoke alarm or no working smoke
alarm." ASI knows how crucial it is for every home to have functional
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that smoke alarms be placed on
every level of a home and both inside and outside each bedroom. It's
best if the alarms are away from air vents. Large homes may need more
alarms to provide adequate protection.
Maintenance tips include:
Test units monthly.
Replace batteries yearly.
If you have doubts about the alarm, replace it with a new one.
Replace detector if it's 10 years old.
Since starting the project, ASI has sent more than 5.6 million batteries
to its policyholders.
ASI partners with PARC (Pinellas Association of Retarded Children) in
the fulfillment part of the campaign. PARC is a nonprofit organization
whose mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with
disabilities to exercise their independence, enjoy an enhanced quality
of life and experience life to the fullest.
For information about ASI, go to www.AmericanStrategic.com
or call 727-821-8765.
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