National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12 and local emergency agencies are planning a variety of fun, free, family activities in the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond to help bring attention to this very important topic.
Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 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. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.
The National Fire Protection Association’s 2019 Fire Prevention Week Campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.
- Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all the
doors and windows.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible.
- Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home.
- Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day.
Remember, when the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. If you must escape through smoke, stay low to the ground. Try to close doors behind you as you leave, to help slow the spread of smoke and fire, and help others exit.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
Check out Sparky the Fire Dog’s safety page for kids where you’ll find fun activity sheets, videos, E-cards and more.
See how the Champaign-Urbana area will be celebrating National Fire Prevention Week. All events are free!No Events