Fire Prevention Week is coming!
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention week is near! In 2018, Fire Prevention week is between October 7th and 13th, with Fire Prevention Day being Tuesday, October 9th!
What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week started back in 1925, which was proclaimed a national observance by President Calvin Coolidge. The purpose is to educate adults, teachers, and children about the importance of fire safety. It's also meant to bring awareness to the risk of death in the case of a fire. The dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week's campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” You can see more about this campaign here on the NFPA website about public education.
On the website linked above, you will see the part of the campaign "Look. Listen. Learn" broken down as such:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter."
There are also great ways for children to get involved and get educated on fire safety online with tons of great videos and games! Click Here to check out all of the great games and activities hosted by Sparky the Fire Dog!
Though the dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year, Fire Prevention Day is always the same. Why? Well, October 9th is the date of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused severe damage. The Great Chicago Fire burned over 2,000 acres of land, destroyed over 17,000 structures, left over 100,000 citizens homeless, and sadly killed over 250 people.
Therefore, it is of great importance in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that we educate people of all ages on Fire Safety.
Here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, we often deal with restoring the aftermath of a fire. However, education is of great importance when it comes to both prevention and preparation. For more information on fire prevention, visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
And remember, if you or a loved one ever encounters a fire, always call 911 first. If your home was damaged, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500 for help making it "Like it never even happened."