Fire Prevention Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about fire safety and promote measures to prevent fires. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14. The campaign is observed in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused widespread destruction.
Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity for fire departments, schools, and communities to educate the public about the importance of fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has selected Cooking Safety as the theme for 2023.
Here are some general fire safety tips to keep in mind:
Install Smoke Alarms:
– Make sure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.
– Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.
Create an Escape Plan:
– Develop a family escape plan that includes two ways out of every room.
– Practice the escape plan with all family members regularly.
– Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
– Make sure they know how to call 911.
– Never leave cooking unattended.
– Keep flammable items away from the stove.
– Use a timer to remind you when cooking is done.
– Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
– Turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
– Do not overload outlets or power strips.
– Replace or repair damaged electrical cords.
– Keep candles in sturdy holders and on stable surfaces.
– Never leave candles unattended.
– Smoke outside, and use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
– Keep smoking materials away from anything that can catch fire.
Matches and Lighters:
– Store matches and lighters in a secure place, away from children.
– Teach children that matches and lighters are tools, not toys.
– Have chimneys and fireplaces inspected and cleaned annually.
– Use a screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks.
– Keep grills away from the home, deck railings, and overhanging branches.
– Clean grills regularly and check for gas leaks if you have a gas grill.
– Install a home sprinkler system if possible.
– Store flammable materials away from heat sources.
Remember that fire safety is a year-round concern. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with fire safety tips, share them with your children, and set reminders throughout the year to check fire alarms and practice your home escape plan.
For more information, visit www.nfpa.org