According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments across the U.S. responded to nearly 400,000 home fires in 2006. With that being said, this year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "It's Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires!"
From Oct. 5 to Oct. 11, fire safety advocates will be urged to spread the word to their communities about how to prevent the leading causes of home fires. There include fires caused by cooking, heating, electrical and smoking-materials.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, it is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
Here is a list of resources provided by the NFPA to help fire departments get a head start on preparation for this year's Fire Prevention Week:
- It's time for the Great American Fire Drill!
- Take our online fire safety quiz
- Free Scholastic materials for the classroom
- Domino's Pizza to deliver fire safety messages
- View three new Dan Doofus FPW videos
- Use this checklist (PDF, 252 KB) to inspect home for risks.
- Read blog posts for the latest FPW news