People Ready to Handle a Home Emergency, Say Comfort-Level Leaves When They Walk Out the Door

Men More Prepared for Emergencies Than Women When Traveling

IRVINE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ — Although most people learn about fire safety at an early age and consider themselves prepared for an in-home fire emergency, that changes when they leave the familiar surroundings of home.

Every day people travel to and from work with only one in four considering themselves prepared for a fire while in transit. However, according to a recent survey conducted by Xcaper Industries, the percentage of people involved in a fire emergency away from home (14 percent) is slightly higher than those at home (11 percent).

When traveling, 40 percent of women are not prepared for a fire in the place they are staying, compared to 29 percent of men. After experiencing an emergency, nearly half of the women learned their lesson and took precautions for the future, in comparison to the 38 percent of men. According to the respondents, they prepared by purchasing or creating special safety kits and investing in fire prevention equipment such as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.

“The key to survival in a fire emergency is preparation and swiftness – people have limited time to react in an emergency and get to a safe area,” said Robert Reese, Chief Executive Officer, Xcaper Industries. “We also know that many accidents result in fires and the biggest need is for people to protect themselves from smoke as they are trying to escape and they need a simple solution during that time of panic.”

Smoke causes more than 75 percent of fire-related injuries according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the United States Fire Administration as it can kill a person in as little as 20 seconds.

The Windy City Prepares. . .

In a city-by-city comparison, New York lags in preparation with 32 percent of New Yorkers saying they are prepared for fire emergencies. The city that never sleeps trails their peers in Chicago (57 percent), Washington, D.C. (55 percent), Los Angeles (50 percent) and Boston (48 percent). Similarly, 15 percent of New Yorkers say they’re prepared for fires away from their homes – making it the least prepared of all the top metropolitan areas.

“Simplicity and preparation save lives in any emergency situation – if you have a few tools and techniques in-place that you can call upon in an emergency you can not only save yourself but others as well,” said Dr. Melissa Riley, Founder of the University of Mississippi Emergency Medical Responders, “Know where fire exits are at all times, have an emergency game plan and keep an easy-to-use smoke mask available whether you’re at home, work or play and no matter where you are, you can survive nearly any fire emergency.”

About the Xcaper Smoke Mask

The Xcaper(R) Smoke Mask is the newest and most advanced filter of its kind in the world with a simple and convenient design. Using patented moist filter technology, the Xcaper Smoke Mask delivers unparalleled protection by absorbing hazardous toxins and particulate matter common to the smoke in fires. The Xcaper Smoke Mask is designed with an all natural moisturizing agent that allows for easy breathing and can be used when leaving a smoke- filled area. The mask is effective for 30 minutes or longer depending on the conditions.

About the Survey

The survey was contracted by Xcaper Industries and conducted by Penn Schoen & Berland Associates, an international research company based in New York City. A total of 1,000 respondents participated in the survey, with a margin of error of the overall sample of +/- 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

About Xcaper Industries

Xcaper Industries invented and manufactures the world’s only moist direct contact smoke mask. Featuring the patented technology, the Xcaper Mask incorporates an all natural plant extract and negatively charged styrene beads which absorb harmful gases and particulate matter commonly found in smoke. Founded in 1998, Xcaper Industries is based in Irvine, California and markets a professional line to firefighters and emergency services and a mass market line to businesses and consumers.

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