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National Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 5 – 11

Test smoke alarms as part of fire prevention week.

Established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Fire Prevention Week is a time to recognize and build awareness for fire preparedness and safety.

The theme of National Fire Prevention Week 2014 is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.”

To help prevent smoke and fire damage, be sure you know and follow these four tips about smoke alarms:

  1. Smoke alarms should be placed on each floor of your home or business.
  2. Put a smoke alarm in each bedroom and outside each sleeping area in your home so you’re awakened quickly.
  3. Teach your family what the smoke alarm sounds like and plan what to do should it go off.
  4. If the alarm sounds, get outside immediately. Never go back inside.

National Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. It is observed each year during the week of Oct. 8 — the day the Great Chicago Fire began. That fire destroyed more than 17,400 structures and left 100,000 homeless.

For the unfortunate times when fire and smoke damage cannot be prevented, call 316-219-9696 for around-the-clock fire damage cleanup and disaster restoration services.

Sources: www.nfpa.org and www.usfa.fema.gov