Fire Prevention Week Begins Sunday

National Fire Prevention Week theme is "Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat".

Preliminary survey results will be shared at a national conference hosted by the Home Safety Council. The All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Conference: Best Practices in Fire and Life Safety Education will be held in Washington, DC in January 2007. This conference will bring together fire and life safety educators from around the country to share best practices in home fire and burn safety education. Open registration will be available until December 1, 2006. Visit the Home Safety Council Web site to learn more.

Among the Conference highlights will be a presentation on the survey findings and a planning forum to discuss implications and next steps. "We are eager to capture the viewpoints of fire chiefs from departments large and small and supplement the findings with reactions from educators participating in the Conference," says Chief Dennis Compton, Vice Chair of the Home Safety Council Board of Directors, who will lead the planning forum.

Survey participants were selected randomly from a sample of more than 30,000 fire departments throughout the United States using the National Directory of Fire Chiefs and EMS Administrators. Surveyors are interested in obtaining a sample that represents fire departments by geographic region, population served, and department type. If your fire department receives a survey, please fill it out as quickly and accurately as possible and return it promptly. Survey respondents who complete the survey by its stated deadline will be eligible to win one of ten scholarships to send a fire and life safety educator to the January 2007 conference. Your help is greatly appreciated.

The survey is just one of several projects conducted by the Home Safety Council to strengthen home fire and life safety education for the public. About the Home Safety Council The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC.