Every year, the week of October 9 is recognized as National Fire Prevention Week in the United States.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation recognizing National Fire Prevention Day, and since 1922, the Sunday through Saturday of which October 9 falls, has been recognized as National Fire Prevention Week. This announcement was spurred by the anniversary of one of the most famous fires in national history–The Great Fire of Chicago in 1871.
Find more safety tips below which can be found on the National Fire Protection Association website and watch our Waldorf College Fire Prevention PSA:
—Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment.
–Between 2007-2011, candles caused 3% of home fires, 4% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries and 6% of direct property damage from home fires.
–Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an average of almost 48,000 home fires per year, resulting in roughly 450 deaths and nearly $1.5 billion in direct property damage.
–Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
–Always keep a fire escape plan in place. This plan should provide two ways out of the home as well as a meeting place outside of the home. Practice this plan every six months.
–If living in dorms on campus, check the school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room and always be aware of your buildings exits in case of a fire. If the fire alarm in your dormitory goes off, evacuate the building and do not return until giving the “all clear” signal from fire safety professionals.