October 4th-10th has been declared “National Fire Prevention Week,” a time to reflect on our nation’s past fire history, remembering the “Great Chicago Fire of 1871,” and how out of that tragedy a national interest in fire prevention and safety emerged.
The 2015 National Fire Prevention Week theme is “Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.” Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
According the National Fire Protection Association, “almost three of five (60%) reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.” Smoke alarms save lives!
The key message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
Visit NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week page for more information about smoke alarms and other fire safety activities: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week
Download 7 Fire Safety printables including a fire safety quiz, word search, coloring page, and more: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/Fire Safety Activity Pages.pdf
Here is a fun Halloween-themed video for kids about the importance of smoke detectors: