Fire Prevention Week: October 9-15

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

It’s Fire Prevention Week, and this is a great opportunity to spread important fire prevention and safety messages and information in your community. This year’s theme is “It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family From Fire!” Use this time to motivate your community to take an active role in preventing home fires and protecting their families with life-saving tools and planning.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were more than 360,000 home fires reported in the U.S. in 2009. The best way people can protect their family and homes from fire is to be ahead of the game. National Fire Prevention Week is a time to educate your community about what they can do to prevent the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating and electrical equipment, candles, and smoking.

Fire Corps provides many tools and resources at www.firecorps.org/prevention to help your department and Fire Corps team conduct fire prevention programs in your community. These include the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home fire and life safety public education module, the Home Safety Checklist, the First Alert Smoke Alarm Donation program, links to fire prevention programs and resources, and much more. In addition, Fire Corps has compiled tips sheets you can use to distribute in your community as part of your Fire Prevention Week campaign and all year long.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, including outreach materials, safety tips, statistical information, and other resources that can be used by fire departments, Fire Corps teams, and teachers, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

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