Updated October 2020 from original October 2018 blog.
National Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10 and takes place annually to educate people about everyday steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one. This year’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) campaign theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™” The campaign focuses on cooking safety and preventing kitchen fires at home. The NFPA website offers helpful tips on creating a kid-free zone in the kitchen, how to extinguish a small fire with a lid and staying focused and alert while cooking. The website also offers a variety of tools for children and adults to learn about and promote fire safety such as:
- Fire Prevention Week safety messages
- Educational materials
- Games and apps
- NFPA public education videos and kids videos
- A free Fire Prevention Week Catalog (free as a pdf or in print)
- Educational brochures, Stickers, Fire Hats, Coloring Books and Sheet Pads, Posters and Sparky the Fire Dog® value packs
The NFPA was established in 1896 as a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. National Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1925 when President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed it a national observance. Each year, the observance occurs the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. National Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity for communities across America to connect with their local fire departments and for children and adults to learn and continue to stay aware of best practices around fire safety.
There are many ways to be aware and take action to prevent fires, both in your home and in your community.
- At home, take a good look around and identify potential fire hazards. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are accessible.
- Now is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them to make sure they are working properly.
- Together, with your family, identify an emergency escape plan. Agree on an emergency meeting place outside your home and run a fire drill at least once a year to practice for emergencies.
- Be aware of local ordinances around outdoor burning and know when burning restrictions are in place.
- Contact your state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office to obtain a DNR burning permit. Keep track of local DNR burn bans by visiting your state's DNR website.
- If your city or town does not do so already, recommend local officials publicly display a Burning Ban flag in visible areas such as subdivisions, parks and public buildings.
- Visit RedCross.org for fire safety tips for your business and home.
For more information about National Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Prevention Association’s official website at National Fire Prevention Week. For assistance with your Fire Prevention Week product needs, you may contact our Customer Care Professionals at 800-628-3524, online or send us your product needs by emailor through our Contact Our Team online form.