Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fire Prevention week is coming.....

Hot on the heels of Preparedness Month which ran the month of September, we run headlong into October and Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week takes place October 5-11 and commemerates, in part, the Great Chicago Fire which occured October 10, 1871. Fire Prevention Week is celebrating its 83rd year of informing people on the dangers of fire and how to be more fire safe.

The theme of 2008's Fire Prevention Week is It’s Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires! A special emphasis is being placed on leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating, electrical, smoking materials and candles.
The majority of of all structure fires occur in residences. We have talked about it during the stunningly spectacular fire extinguishers class, but do you regularly check for home fire hazards? Have you purchased a home fire extinguisher and placed it in an accessible location? I could go on and on, but instead I will direct you to the United States Fire Administration's webpage on preventing home fires.