Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
This year’s FPW campaign is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
Teachers, pick up some lessons and activities for your classroom at the NFPA website!
Here are a few other simple tips to help prevent a fire in your home.
- When cooking, stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food, and check it regularly. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
- Enjoy a cozy fire when the weather turns cold? When was the last time you had your chimney inspected and cleaned? It’s recommended you do it once a year.
- Most of us don’t think twice about leaving all our gadgets and small appliances plugged in but we really shouldn’t. According to the National Ag Safety Database, two-thirds of all electrical fires begin in plugs or cords.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly and change batteries once a year. Be sure a smoke alarm is installed on every floor of your home and in each bedroom and that a carbon monoxide detector is near all bedrooms.
To avoid financial hardship if you do have a major fire, be sure you have enough home insurance coverage to rebuild the home and replace personal possessions. If you’re unsure about your coverage, give us a call at 1-800-279-4030. We can help you evaluate your policy to make sure you have the right coverage for your situation.