The Great Chicago Fire has been called the best-known fire in American history, killing more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, and burning more than 2,000 acres. In commemoration of this event, Fire Protection Week was established to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. Every year since 1927, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has targeted one specific theme to help educate businesses, consumers, and homeowners on how to practice safety in their home. This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, which runs from October 5-11, is: Working Smoke Alarm Save Lives; Test Yours Every Month.
According to NFPA, having a working smoke alarm in your home cuts the chances of a family member dying in half. Where fires in the home resulted in death, three out of five homes had no smoke alarm, or no working smoke alarm. Because fire spreads quickly, having a working smoke alarm will provide you time to respond coherently and get out.
To ensure that your fire alarms are operational and your home is prepared in case of disaster, test them monthly and keep batteries on hand to replace old ones. NFPA also recommends installing smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom and sleeping area on each level of your home and in the basement using interconnected smoke alarms that will operate in unison if smoke is detected. If one of your family members is hard of hearing, alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers may be used. Be sure to replace smoke alarms that are ten years old. Create a fire escape plan and share it with all family members to encourage familiarity should fire strike your home.
Although ORR Protection works to protect your business' mission critical assets, we also care about the people in your business and the families they come home to every night. That's why we are echoing the mission of the NFPA and its efforts during Fire Prevention Week. Our hope is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
That's why from now until the end of Fire Prevention Week, we are using our social media reach to give you, your friends and families tips for keeping personal property and family safe from fire. Be sure to join us in sharing and talking about this important week of awareness so our collective efforts may educate and save lives! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
We would also like to say a special thank you to the National Fire Protection Association for their tireless efforts in keeping all of us safe from fire.