Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the week surrounding October 9th, in memory of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year has had a unique focus or theme, highlighting various dangers, prevention methods, drills and safety precautions.
First and foremost: Test your smoke detectors and replace the batteries. Today. You will forget by the time you have finished reading this post – so take a moment and program a reminder into the calendar on your phone. We’ll wait. Go ahead……
We’ll continue now.
This year’s theme affects us all: Prevent Kitchen Fires
The leading cause of home fires and related injuries is cooking. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of a home. To raise awareness the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering a free storybook app and eBook, online quizzes, lesson plans for teachers, safety tips for kids in the kitchen and printable coloring pages. For kids, check out www.sparky.org for fun games, cartoons, apps and other activities designed to help them become aware of fire safety in the kitchen. This website is designed for children to use independently and is specifically geared towards Elementary school age children, and even includes voice-overs for young children who can’t read yet. There’s no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to protecting your children and your home.