In 1922, Fire Prevention Week was established in honor of the Great Chicago Fire that occurred in 1871. During the Chicago fire, hundreds of people died and over 17,000 structures were damaged. After this horrific fire, the Fire Marshals Association decided that the anniversary of the Chicago fire would be a time to remind the public about fire safety and fire prevention.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Fire prevention and safety is extremely important. Since cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, this year’s theme is focusing on preventing kitchen fires.
Here are a few ways to keep your home safe from fires:
· Create a home fire escape plan. Here is a link to help you plan one: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Public%20educators/Community%20tool%20kits/Escape%20planning/how_to_make_a_home_fire_escape_plan.pdf
· Make sure there are smoke alarms in each room of your home. Check the batteries to make sure the alarm works and is properly installed.
· Make sure you are being safe when cooking. Check out this link for a cooking safety checklist: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Public%20educators/Community%20tool%20kits/cooking%20kit/cooking_safety_checklist.pdf
· Never leave candles lit when you are not home.
· Looking to help teach kids about fire safety? Check out Sparky’s website: http://www.sparky.org/
Remember if a fire is out of control; please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.