Visit an Open House Tomorrow at Your Local Fire Station
Posted at 1:12 p.m.
Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. We encourage you to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.
Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13)
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), nearly 3,000 people die in home fires each year. About two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms. In 23 percent of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound. Bedrooms (55 percent) are the leading location where fire fatalities occur in residential buildings. Seventy percent of fire victims in residential buildings were escaping or sleeping at the time of their deaths. Smoking was the leading cause of fatal fatalities in residential buildings.
The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, “Have Two Ways Out!,” focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. USFA encourages us to prepare and practice our fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in our household, including children and people with disabilities. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.