It's Fire Prevention Week

It is finally fall and the weather is starting to cool off. The time has come to get out your favorite sweaters and tuck away those swimsuits and flip flops.

This is also Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10), the time of year when we focus on educating families about fire safety, and the simple steps parents can take to keep their families safe. This year, the emphasis is on the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom and outside each separate sleeping area. The National Fire Protection Association has chosen the theme “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

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?

This week firefighters and educators across the country will teach communities about the importance of installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. It’s also the perfect time to get your family together and complete the Fire Prevention Checklist. If your family can check all the boxes, congratulations, you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prevent a home fire. If there are some boxes not checked, then this is the time to work together as a family to make sure your home is safe.

Visit our tips section for more fire safety tips and free resources for Fire Prevention Week.