According to the National Fire Prevention Association, National Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed to recognize the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which occurred during the week of October 9th. More than 250 people perished and thousands of buildings were destroyed, leaving thousands of people homeless. There are many stories about how the great fire may have started, but nobody can deny the tragic results of the fire. Our firefighting capabilities today are much better than they were back in 1871, and if that same fire happened today, it likely would not result in as much damage. However, we recognize this week to highlight the importance of fire safety and prevention. Here are a few key points to remember:
- Be sure everyone in your family (including children) is aware of two ways out of each room in the home (in the rooms that have two means of egress) and show them how to evacuate the home.
- Be sure that windows and doors can be easily opened.
- Be sure all smoke alarms are tested and working.
- Pick a meeting place outside the front of your home and do not enter again after exiting.
Practice a home fire drill.