Fire Prevention Week

October 3, 2019

Did you know you may only have one to two minutes to safely escape a home fire? It’s essential that you have a plan and know exactly what to do with that limited time to get yourself and loved ones out in case of an emergency.

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance in 1925. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health observance in the United States. This year, Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday, October 6 and ends on Saturday, October 12. The theme of this year’s campaign (titled “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”) has a goal of educating everyone about the small actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. There is no better time than now to get educated, make a home escape plan, and start practicing. Some initial steps recommended by the NFPA to take are below.

  1. Draw a basic map of your home including doors and windows
  2. Walk to every room and identify two ways out of each one
  3. Test smoke alarms and make sure the batteries are not yet expired
  4. Designate a safe meeting place outside, like your mailbox or a special tree
  5. Post your plan on your fridge or somewhere your family will be reminded of it often

In addition to these tips, the following publications from the GPO Bookstore can help you prepare.

Teach lifelong safety habits at a young age. The Sesame Street Fire Safety Program Family Guide incorporates essential fire safety messages and skills that make a big difference in an emergency. In this guide, you’ll find information and tools to help your family practice fire safety at home, catchy phrases you can use to help your child remember important fire safety messages, and activities and ideas to help you practice fire safety skills together as a family. Make a family night out of fire safety! Pop some popcorn, order some pizza, and watch the Sesame Street Fire Safety Program Multimedia CD available in English or Spanish.

Looking for educational entertainment for your kids while they’re in the car, on a plane, or just hanging at home? Let’s Have Fun With Fire Safety from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.S. Fire Administration is an activity book that will entertain children while also providing valuable fire safety and prevention tips.

Fire safety and education is not just for young children. Adults ages 65 and older are more than twice as likely to die in fires as the Nation’s population as a whole. And those who are 85 or older are more than four times as likely to die in a fire as the general population. Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults is designed to help seniors and their caregivers learn about fire safety.

Does your family have a fire safety plan? Where is your designated meeting spot? And what techniques do you use to engage your children in learning about fire safety? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.


Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start

October 7, 2016

An unforgettable fire began in Chicago on October 8, 1871. Legend has it that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lamp which set a barn—and the entire city—ablaze. Tragically, the Great Chicago Fire burned for days, killing scores of people, decimating roughly 3.3 square miles, and leaving more than 100,000 Chicagoans homeless.

1871_great_chicago_fire_destroyed_buildingsThe Great Chicago Fire not only changed public thinking about fire safety, it inspired Fire Prevention Week—an annual commemoration of that devastating inferno. Going back over 90 years, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public safety observance in America. This year it runs from October 9-15.

One theme for Fire Prevention Week has been “Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start.” That’s a message that Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration wants every American, especially children, to take to heart. FEMA’s popular Sesame Street Fire Safety Program Family Guide is available through GPO.

Family coloring book. Fire literacy primer. A get-it-together-you-grown-ups safety guide. It’s all those things. FEMA and Sesame Street really deliver. Everybody do the Elmo happy dance!

064-000-00067-5However, this guide is not just about Elmo. A proper shout out goes to Cookie Monster, Grover, and Telly Monster. Together, the furry fire brigade educates with catchphrases like “hot, hot, stay away. hot, hot, not for play” and “get outside and stay outside!” The playbook covers how to avoid hot things that burn, make a home escape map, family practice time, and what to do if the smoke alarm sounds. There are kitchen safety tips for parents and caregivers, too.

Start a healthy discussion around a scary thing like a fire emergency. Demonstrate that preparation and prevention are skills that the entire family can work on together. Cultivate lifelong fire safety habits. As the guide says, “fire safety begins at home.’ Simple steps make a big difference in staying safe from fires.

Sometime after the Great Chicago Fire, it was discovered that a journalist fabricated the O’Leary cow rumor. The real cause of the fire has never been confirmed. But it did start a national conversation on the basic but essential elements of fire safety. As Fire Prevention Week reminds us, prevention is a big part. Fires are mostly preventable. It’s on everyone to take charge.

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Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Chelsea Milko is a Public Relations Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations Office.


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