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 “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.
Did you know: Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.
What can you do: The good news is you can prevent most cooking fires and burns. Help keep your family safer with some simple but effective tips.