October is National Fire Prevention Month, (and the week of October 9–15 is National Fire Prevention week) in memory of the Great Chicago Fire which broke out on Oct. 8, 1871. In 1925, United States President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed fire prevention week a national observance. The first National Fire Prevention Week to occur was from October 4th through October 10th, 1925.
Some Facts You Should Know!
3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires with no working smoke alarms.
- Make sure your home has a working smoke alarm on every floor and in every bedroom and that the smoke alarm sound is loud enough to wake everyone in your home.
Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan*
- Having a fire escape plan is important. Your family members should know at least two routes of escape and you should have a meeting place outside that is a good distance away from the home. Fire drills are a good way to practice fire safety as well, especially when you have small children in the house.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning in the US
- Working CO2 detectors save lives. Make sure you have them installed on every floor and in every bedroom.
- Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their homes.
- CO2 detectors aren’t optional! Every home should have them. Many fire departments offer how-to fire safety classes this month and some even give away CO2 detectors.
Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires
- Don’t let family meals become the cause of fire deaths. Keep fire extinguishers in an easily accessible place and learn how to use them. Prevent fires whenever possible by practicing common sense while cooking. Never leave a hot stove unattended.
In the home, the causes of fire include fireplaces, space heaters, your kitchen, candles, smoking, and more. Be vigilant, be smart, and keep your family safe.