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 “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” to educate about escape plans. Knowing multiple safe escape routes during an emergency can provide the critical time necessary to avoid injury.
Did you know: One-third of households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!