Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) say that you are more likely to die today in a home fire than you were a few decades ago. That statistic was the drive behind this year’s fire prevention week theme.
The theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.”
1) Look - for places fires can start.
2) Listen - for the sound of the smoke alarm.
3) Learn - two ways out of each room.
Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018
The history of fire prevention week
Fire prevention week started in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. This fire killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed 17,400 buildings. The fire continued for a full day starting October 8, 1871 and ending October 9, 1871.
Did you know?
The Great Chicago Fire wasn’t the only fire that day. On October 8, 1871, a controlled burn in Peshtigo, WI went out of control. It killed between 1,500 and 2,500 people!
This fire is the worst in U.S. history, but got very little press because the Great Chicago Fire happened the same day.
Related: Fires in History - Peshtigo, WI
The NFPA VP of Outreach and Advocacy, Lorraine Carli said, “People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire. Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”