Fire Prevention Week 2020

Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public-health observance in the United States. All members of the community learn important safety messages on how to be safe in the event of a fire. Each year the NFPA focuses on one topic throughout the week. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year on the week of October 9th in honor of the great Chicago fire that occurred in October of 1871. 

Watch this video to learn about the devastating Chicago Fire of 1871 that burned more than 2,000 acres of land which displaced around 100,000 people and claimed the lives of 250. 

This year's theme is....

Fast Facts & Safety Acts: 

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, many of which are a result of unattended cooking. 

  • Cooking equipment causes 49% of all U.S. home fires, 21% of the home fire deaths, and 45% of the injuries, on average each year.

  • Avoid wearing loose fitted clothing or dangling jewelry to lower the risk of your clothes catching on fire.

  • Keep all pot handles turned in and away from the edge of the stove to prevent anyone from accidentally knocking into and spilling the contents in the pot or pan. 

  • Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. In the event of a grease fire, cover the pan with a lid to cut off the oxygen that is fueling the fire. 

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