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Host Fire Prevention Week 2017

Posted on: September 26, 2017

Every year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) holds a Fire Prevention Week to bring awareness to a specific tenet of fire prevention and protection. This year, the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” to spread education about escape route planning and the importance of preparation. The best fire protection plan is one that is preventative, but having an airtight escape plan in the event of an emergency is just as vital.

What is Fire Prevention Week?

Fire Prevention week has been an annual tradition since 1922, making it the longest-running public health observance on record. The NFPA has always been the official sponsor of this event.

Fire Prevention Week takes place every autumn in early October and always includes October 9. This date commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which ignited on October 8, 1871, and did most of its damage on October 9. In this devastating fire, 250 people were killed, more than 17,400 structures were destroyed, and about 100,000 people were left homeless.

This year, Fire Prevention Week is from October 8 – 14, 2017.

Fire Prevention Week Theme for 2017

Every year, Fire Prevention Week has a theme to hone in on a certain element of fire protection. This year, the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” The emphasis is on creating a fire escape plan for your home and business. Here are the key takeaways:

  • Design two exit pathways from each room in your home or business (can be a door or a window) and a path from the exit to the outside.
  • Host fire drills with your family or staff twice a year. Hold one at night and one during the day when everyone is home. Practice using different exit routes.
  • Ensure everyone knows the best practices of escape safety, including closing doors behind you to slow the spread of smoke and flames.
  • Once outside, call 911 for help. Never go back inside a burning building.
  • Teach your children or staff the evacuation plan and specific tips about how to escape in case you’re unable to assist them.

Who Benefits from Fire Prevention Week?

One of the best ways to get involved with Fire Prevention Week is to host an event to spread awareness and education about the chosen topic. Groups who particularly benefit from fire prevention education include:

  • Students: Fun, interactive lessons and take-home materials help students of all ages recognize the importance of fire safety.
  • High-risk populations: The elderly, disabled, and non-English speaking people are at increased risk of harm if there’s a fire.
  • Members of the community: From apartment dwellers and homeowners to employees and business owners, everyone benefits from the lessons learned during Fire Prevention Week.

Host Fire Prevention Week 2017

The NFPA has all the resources and tools you need to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, from banners and fliers to free PDF downloads to video clips you can use on social media or during presentations. Find everything you need at NFPA.org.

Then, to schedule helpful fire prevention services in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, please contact Guardian online today!

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