Fire Prevention Week
Wednesday October 12, 2022
History of Fire Prevention Week
This year is the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. In 1922, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance. FPW is observed on the week of October 9th each year in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that killed 250 people and left 100,000 homeless.
The National Fire Protection Association released this statement for Fire Prevention Week this year:
“Join NFPA® in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW). This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.”
Fire Safety Tips
Everybody should plan and practice a home fire situation. When the smoke alarm sounds, everyone in your home should already know what to do and where to go. Every home is unique, meaning there isn’t a cookie-cutter escape plan that will work for everyone.
Plan for everyone in your home, children, older adults and people with disabilities may need assistance.
Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on each level of your home. Choose an alarm that meets standards and use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Fire Safety Products
Check out these items to protect your home from a fire:
· Dukal Burn Sheet 60 x 90 - Burn Sheets are blankets that aid in protecting burn patients against infection.
· Four-In-One Sparkproof Tool - The American-made On Duty 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is spark-proof, lightweight, heavy duty, and easy to use.
· Leather Work Gloves - Thick work gloves that keep your hands safe when handling sharp or hot items.
· Emergency Mylar Blanket – Multipurpose reflective lightweight blanket for emergency situations.
· Folding Shovel
· Pry Bar
· Chemical Hand Warmer 2-Pack
· Safety Goggles
· N95 Dust Mask
· Cool-Down Kit