Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12 and this year’s theme is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape." When it comes to fire safety, maybe you’re already a hero in your household or community. If not, maybe you’re feeling inspired to become one. It's easy to take that first step - make your home escape plan.
In a fire, seconds count. Fire prevention isn’t just for children. Teens, adults and the elderly are also at risk in a fire, so it’s important for everyone to take some time during fire prevention week to learn about some ways to stay safe.
- Make and practice your home escape plan. Plan around your abilities. Have two ways out of every room. Make sure everyone in your family knows where your meeting place is.
- Prevent fires from happening by looking around your home, identify potential hazards and fix them.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old and are working. Make sure your carbon monoxide alarms are less than seven years old and are working. Just because the alarm sounds doesn’t mean they are working. Look for the date on the back of the alarms. Make sure they have not expired. If they have, it’s time to replace them.
- Cooking is the leading cause of house fires. Keep your stove clear of clutter. Stay in the kitchen when cooking and if a pan catches fire, put a lid on it to smother the flame.
Fire Prevention Week reminds us that making and practicing a home escape plan will save precious minutes in the event of a fire.
Use this Fire Prevention Month Calendar to promote fire safety messages all month long. You can add your department name to it.
Visit our Home Fire Safety webpage for more information.
The National Fire Protection Association, sponsors of Fire Prevention Week, have resources for firefighters and teachers including lesson plans for different age groups, sample press releases, the logo, and more.