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October is Fire Safety Awareness Month

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October is Fire Safety Awareness Month

Do you participate in Fire Safety Awareness Month? How do you convey this important educational opportunity to your family and friends?

October has long been designated as Fire Safety Awareness Month by many industry associations, organizations, government and fire entities. While the campaign lasts the entire month, many groups coordinate with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and designate the second week of October for events and activities.


Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. This year the designated week is October 5-11, 2014.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that 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 October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Nine decades of fire prevention  Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they’d been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

State of Tennessee

October 3, 2014 | 10:00am-3:00pm
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Plaza
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville TN 37243

EVENT: Learn about fire safety, tour the Bicentennial Mall State Park, and eat/shop at the Farmer’s Market… all in one stop!

inflatable fire truck slide, fire safety house tours, fire safety demos/lessons, Shriner clowns, Smokey Bear and Sparky Fire Dog, fire safety information, new and antique fire trucks, great giveaways


Become familiar with the importance of fire safety, detection and design. A quick review of the most recent and startling data available demonstrates the need to emphasize fire products, monitoring and education to every household.

Nationally, in 2011, the rounded numbers conclude there were 364,500 for residential building fires, 2,450 deaths, and 13,900 injuries, valued at 6.7 billion dollar loss. There were 85,400 non-residential building fires in the same year, 80 deaths, 1,100 injuries, valued at 2.5 billion dollar loss. The positive news is a strong trend in reducing the major category losses for the most recent five years analyzed. The 2011 data was last reviewed on July 9, 2014 for updates and corrections.

Fire Deaths in the South  The most recent data reported rates the following Fire Death Rate per Million Population: (the National Fire Death Rate average is 11.1)

Alabama 28.2   Arkansas 13.3   Florida 7.6   Georgia 16.9
Kentucky 17.5   Louisiana 19.8   Mississippi 25.3   Missouri 18.2
North Carolina 12.6   South Carolina 12.5   Tennessee 21.7
Virginia 10.3


  • Do you have a fire escape plan? Discuss with members of your home an escape plan in case of fire and/or smoke. Coordinate a designated area outside the home to meet. Review at least once a year especially for young family members.
  • Smoke/Heat Detectors – replace and test your smoke detectors each year.
  • Heat Detectors – do you have the appropriate degreed heat sensors in the attic and garage?
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Be proactive in detecting The Silent Killer, carbon monoxide, be sure to place carbon monoxide detectors in the home focusing especially in the sleeping areas of the home.
  • Is your fire system monitored? Contact your electronic security provider for an evaluation of the proper placement for your fire devices and have them tied in to your security system.
  • Take advantage of numerous educational materials offered from industry and government websites

Photo by Hatcher & FellBy Kenneth Bargers;

Research included source material from United States Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Federal Emergency Management Agency, State of Tennessee; October 2014 In The News


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