Home Fire Safety the Focus of Fire Prevention Week
October 8, 2009
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire - the two-day blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 more homeless and destroyed 17,000 buildings Oct. 8-9, 1871. This blaze led to reform across America, spurring new fire safety codes and public awareness campaigns.
Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10 and this year's campaign focuses on the leading causes of fires in the home: cooking, smoking, electrical, intentional (arson) and, heating, as well as injuries resulting from fire, scalds and contact burns. For more information, visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org.
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command headquarters has a fire prevention display located in the main lobby and offers brochures and literature outlining ways to prevent fires in the home. This year's theme, "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned," is a reminder to personnel of the importance of fire safety education.