Fire Prevention Week 2018
Each year during the week of October 9th, the National Fire Protection Association sponsors and promotes National Fire Prevention Week. The campaign aligns with the anniversary of the great Chicago fire on October 8, 1871. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed National Fire Prevention Week as a national observance in 1925. Each year has a theme; and this year’s theme is Look, Listen, and Learn
Look: Be aware of fire hazards around you.
- Cooking: 47% of home fires are caused by cooking and kitchen related accidents.
- Remove Clutter: Remove any towels, discarded wrappers, or any other flammable materials away from any cooking surface.
- Watch what you are cooking. Do not walk away from cooking food for an extended time. Its also not a good idea to cook in an impaired state.
- Heating: The second leading cause of home fires.
- Have your heating unit and chimney professionally inspected each year. Any maintenance should also be handled by a professional.
- If you use space heaters, never leave them running unattended.
- Electric Distribution:
- Only plug one heat producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, space heater) into an outlet at a time.
- Extension cords are intended for TEMPORARY use only.
- Candles: People love the smell of candles, especially the cooler the weather gets.
- We just wrote an entire blog dedicated to candle safety that can find here.
Listen: Listen for smoke alarms and make sure your home is adequately equipped.
- Make sure you have smoke detectors on each level of your home and in each bedroom
- Test the batteries monthly and replace any smoke detectors more than 1 years old.
Learn: Learn an emergency exit plan
- Learn two ways out of every room
- Learn how each exit leads outside of the home
- Learn a meeting spot outside where your family will meet in the case of an emergency.
Don’t think it can happen to you and your family? Firefighters across the United States respond to a house fire every 90 seconds. Do not be caught unprepared.