Learn About Fire Prevention in October
Fire Prevention is essential for every person to understand, which is why the month of October is Fire Prevention Month. The week of October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week, where local fire stations, along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will help raise awareness about fire safety. Events in your community will help teach your family about the dangers around the home that can cause a fire and will help prepare you if a fire starts.
The Start of Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention awareness began as a way to honor the victims of the Great Chicago Fire. On October 8, 1871, a fire broke out in Chicago and burned over 2,000 acres of land, which left over 100,000 people homeless. The fire continued into the night and the entire next day, which is why Fire Prevention Week is held every year the week of October 9. After 40 years of honoring the victims of the Great Chicago Fire, it was determined in 1911 by the Fire Marshalls Association of North America (now known as the International Fire Marshalls Association) that the best way to honor the victims would be to teach people about fire prevention.
House Fires and How They Start
In the years 2012 through 2016, there was more than 355,000 house fire. Out of that number, over 2,500 fire-related deaths happened and more than 11,600 fire-related injuries.
Most house fires started because of the failure to properly clean creosote (a wood preservative) from chimneys in homes.
Space heaters and wood stoves were another major cause of house fires (32%).
When heating appliances, such as space heaters, are near items that catch fire quickly—fabric furniture, clothes, mattresses, and drapes—the fire can spread rapidly.
When a clothes dryer becomes clogged with lint, the appliance can quickly overheat and catch fire with clothes in it.
Preventing House Fires
Regular chimney use throughout the winter months requires professional cleaning, both during and after winter is over.
Keep space heaters on a tile or laminate floor and away from any items that catch fire quickly, such as furniture, clothing, bedding, and drapes.
Clean your lint trap after every load of laundry in the dryer, and have your dryer vent professionally cleaned yearly.
Vacuum the area around your dryer where lint can fall out and collect over time.
Keep the area around your dryer clutter-free to prevent things from catching fire.
Remove clothing and other items from the dryer immediately after they are dry to prevent them from overheating and catching fire.
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