Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9, 2010. This year’s campaign, Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With, focuses on the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fire deaths, injuries, and property loss. Fire Corps teams can use this opportunity to spread important fire prevention messages and information in their communities as well as conduct special initiatives such as smoke alarm installations and home safety checks.

According to the NFPA, 2,755 people were killed and 13,160 were injured in home fires in 2008. Two out of every five home fire deaths were in a home with no smoke alarms. When used properly, smoke alarms can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by half. This year’s theme focuses on how to choose, install, and maintain smoke alarms in the home.

To find Fire Prevention Week planning materials, safety tips, statistical information, and other resources that can be used by fire departments, Fire Corps teams, and, visit www.firepreventionweek.org. Find additional resources and tools to help keep your community safe, including a home safety checklist, at www.firecorps.org/prevention.

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