Help Promote Fire Prevention and Safety During Fire Prevention Week

Monday, 04 October 2010

October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week, a great opportunity for your department and Fire Corps team to re-energize fire prevention programming in your community. Use this week to spread important fire prevention and safety messages to your community members and encourage the public to practice fire prevention measures all year long.

In a proclamation issued on October 1, President Obama emphasized that Fire Prevention Week is a time to reaffirm the importance of fire safety and awareness, and pay tribute to the firefighters, volunteers, and first responders who put themselves in harm's way to protect our lives, homes, and communities every day. He called on all Americans to participate in this observance with appropriate programs and activities and by renewing their efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week – Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With – focuses on the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fire deaths, injuries, and property loss. Fire departments and Fire Corps teams can conduct special initiatives this week to encourage proper smoke alarm use and maintenance among community members. Activities might include distributing smoke alarm information, conducting smoke alarm installations, and performing home safety checks.

Fire Corps has compiled a Fire Prevention Week Resource Center featuring a letter to the editor and a series of fire prevention and safety tips sheets you can use as-is or customize to distribute in your community. In addition, Fire Corps has produced a Home Safety Checklist and other resources to help you with your fire prevention and safety initiatives, available at www.firecorps.org/prevention.

Learn more about Fire Prevention Week at www.firepreventionweek.org.

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