Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13 and this year’s theme “Look. Listen. Learn” highlights the three steps people can take to quickly and safely escape a fire: Look for places fire could start. Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. Learn two ways out of every room.
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 “Look, Listen and Learn” some ways to stay safe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 we can prevent fires, especially if we “Look, Listen and Learn!”
Use this Fire Prevention Calendar to promote fire safety messages all month long.
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.