Fire Prevention Week 2019
The National Fire Prevention Association is recognizing the week of October 6-12, 2019 as Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week has been publicly observed since 1922, making it the longest-running public health observance in the United States. Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during this time of year to commemorate the devastating Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. The priority of this week is to work towards educating the public about the small actions they can take to keep them, as well as the people around them, safe in case a fire occurs. For 2019, the campaign’s slogan is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” It is encouraged to increase awareness of Fire Prevention Week by using the logo or slogan on websites or social media outlets.
The NFPA urges people to create an escape plan and practice it with the family at home to ensure that if a fire were to occur, everyone would have enough time to safely exit the house or building. Typically, in a house fire, there are as little as one to two minutes approximated to escape the fire safely after the smoke alarms start to go off. Given this, planning ahead for an escape becomes more important for each family member to be familiar with. By raising awareness about the importance of fire prevention, the NFPA hopes to inspire people to be the hero in their community or family by taking the first step in creating a home escape plan.
Throughout Fire Prevention Week, it is important for members of a family or community to reach an understanding of how to stay safe in case of a fire. Located on the NFPA’s website are many educational resources available for the public to refer to, including applications, videos, printable flyers, etc. Creating a home escape plan and practicing running through it with your family is vital to guarantee that everyone is prepared to escape quickly and safely. Waiting until the smoke alarm sounds to create a plan is strongly urged against, for today’s homes burn faster than ever, which leaves very little time to safely escape.
Some fire-safety essentials for creating a plan include:
- Mapping out the exits and paths in your home
- Deciding upon a meeting place outside of the home
- Marking the location of all smoke alarms
- Making sure that each member of the family knows how to dial 9-1-1
Additionally, when creating a fire evacuation plan, remember to plan for everyone, find at least two ways outside, involve children in the planning process, check smoke alarms, practice regularly, and have a backup plan.
Even when taking the extra steps to ensure safety, being injured in a fire, whether in a residential location or elsewhere, still occurs. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a fire due to the negligence of another party, contact one of our attorneys today in any of our Central Illinois locations to receive a free consultation.