SAN ANTONIO, TX - The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association is kicking off National Fire Prevention Month Friday and National Fire Prevention Week beginning Monday, Oct. 9.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922. It was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. That fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into Oct. 9, 1871. For more details on how the fire started, visit http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/about-fire-prevention-week or view the Youtube video below.
This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign is "Don't Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."
It may seem like a basic reminder, but it can't be stated enough. The National Fire Protection Association says there are still many misconceptions about smoke detectors, which may put citizens at an increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.
As a result of those and related findings, the National Fire Protection Association is addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
During the month of October, the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association will also be providing fire safety tips every day through the month of October. You can see them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Thank you to the San Antonio Community for all of your help in preventing fires!
San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association
8925 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78251 (210) 699-9400