Fire Prevention Week 2014: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

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Fire Prevention Week is a longstanding tradition in North America. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation. Then, in 1922, National Fire Prevention Day was officially extended to become Fire Prevention Week. Today, this event continues to be observed on the Sunday through Saturday period covering October 9th to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire.

This year Fire Prevention Week will take place on October 5-11, and encourages more frequent smoke alarm testing. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 96 percent of all homes have at least one smoke alarm, but fires where there was no working smoke alarm present account for a combined 60 percent of all fire deaths.

To help keep the public safe, the NFPA has developed resources for those in fire service, teachers, and families alike. Additionally, the NFPA is also encouraging individuals to take the “Smoke Alarm Pledge.” Those who accept the pledge promise that they will test their smoke alarms each month.

For more information, visit the official Fire Prevention Week website.

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