Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention week is an annual event that take place the week surrounding October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed 250 people and left 100,000 homeless. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observation of Fire prevention Week since 1922 and is one of the longest running public health observations in North America.
During this week, children, adults, seniors, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Fire Fighters provide public education in an effort to drastically decrease injuries and deaths caused by fires.
This year’s campaign is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate about the different sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make, and what they actually mean. Knowing the difference between a chirping alarm and a beeping alarm may save the lives.
It is important to know that there are also smoke alarms designed for those that are hard of hearing or part of the Deaf Community. These devices include strobe lights that flash when an alarm is activated or a pillow/ bed shaker that works with your smoke alarm to alert you while you are sleeping.