Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, 2014. This week is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.”
Fire Prevention Week was established by President Woodrow Wilson as a way of commemorating the Great Chicago Fire. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 homeless on October 8-9, 1871. This fire forced Americans and fire officials to change the way they viewed fire safety, fire alarms, and fire prevention.
Nearly 40 years after the Great Chicago Fire, it was decided to commemorate the anniversary of the fire with a day to keep the public informed about fire safety, fire alarms, and fire prevention. The importance of high public awareness of these issues was emphasized by expanding this awareness program to an entire week during a period in which October 9 falls.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
At My Alarm Center, we’ve developed an interactive checklist you can use to see how safe your home and family is from accidental fires. It is part of our efforts to keep people informed about fire prevention, fire alarms, and fire safety.
We’ve also developed a printable checklist tool to help make your home safe from fire, and we’d be happy to send you free wall clings to remind people to turn off appliances and practice fire safety.
Use sound fire safety and fire prevention practices in your home. And if you’re interested in getting monitored home smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, call us toll free at (855) 334-6562 for more information.