Fire Prevention Week October 6 – 12, 2013

fpw13-200x200The National Fire Prevention Agency’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) runs from October 6 – 12, 2013 and this year’s official theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”.

During FPW the nation will be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home—and help teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.

Did you know…

  • U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
  • Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
  • Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.

FPW is the perfect time to reach out to your community and empower people to have a hand in preventing home fires and protecting their families with life-saving technologies and planning.

The below short video by The Fire Brigade demonstrates how devastating an oil fire could turn if you don’t know what to do.

Learn more about Fire Prevention Week and find resources for agencies, teachers, and families & kids at www.fpw.org.

Also consider download NFPA’s free storybook app and eBook for your little ones!

Stay safe, j & B

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