The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago.
This startling statistic is behind this yearâ€™s Fire Prevention Week theme: â€œLook. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.â€
Fire Prevention Week takes place October 7-13, 2018. Through three simple calls-to-action, this yearâ€™s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:
â€¢ Look for places fire can start
â€¢ Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
â€¢ Learn two ways out of each room
This yearâ€™s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA continues to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1,000 home fires reported to the fire department) was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
National Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
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Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on a national level the week of October 9, highlighting a specific theme each year.
â€œLook. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhereâ€ is this yearâ€™s theme. The Collierville Fire Department promotes the theme for the entire month of October in schools, retirement communities and by participating in the National Fire Protection Associationâ€™s Poster Contest.
In 2017, The State Fire Marshalâ€™s Office received over 125 entries in the poster contest from across Tennessee. Of the 16 statewide awards available, Collierville students won six. In 2016, Collierville had seven statewide poster winners and, in both 2015 and 2016 Collierville set records for the highest number of poster winners from one city.
More information about the poster contest will be forthcoming later this summer. For a wealth of information and resources about this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” campaign, visit firepreventionweek.org