Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13 and this year’s theme “Look. Listen. Learn.” highlights the three steps people can take to quickly and safely escape a fire: Look for places fire could start. Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. Learn two ways out of every room.
“Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to check our smoke alarms, practice the family escape plan, and to hunt for home hazards,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. Some smoke alarms are battery operated or have back-up batteries that should be changed twice a year. All smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years, or sooner if the manufacturer recommends.
“As we prepare our homes for winter, we can take steps to prevent fires by having the chimney cleaned or furnace tuned-up, making sure no cords run underneath rugs or are pinched by furniture, and that smokers use a safe can filled with sand outside for their butts,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey.
“If you have a fire at home you may only have less than three minutes after the alarm sounds to get out safely. Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Fire Prevention Week is a great time to hold a family fire drill: test the smoke alarms, practice two ways of getting outside and going to the meeting place,” he added.
The National Fire Protection Association is the sponsor of National Fire Prevention Week, which commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 9, 1972.