Fire Prevention Week is observed the Sunday-Saturday on the week which October 9th falls. It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed 250 people, and left 100,000 people homeless. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has sponsored Fire Prevention Week since it was first commemorated in 1922. Each year has a different theme - for 2017 the theme is Plan Two Ways Out, with an emphasis on fire escape plans.
- 3 out of 5 home fire deaths happen in homes with no working smoke alarms.
- On average, 7 people die in a U.S. home fire per day.
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fire injuries. Heating equipment is second.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
- Only 1/3 of Americans have both developed AND practiced their home fire escape plan
- To view more fire facts visit the National Fire Prevention Association Website.