Fire Prevention Week
The week of October 8 was Fire Prevention Week across the U.S; the week marks the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9. 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.
Boise Fire traditionally continues that theme the following week each year with Boise’s Fire Prevention week. Boise fire fighters visit about 60 schools, meeting approximately 10,000 elementary students throughout the week. This year Mayor Bieter proclaimed Oct. 15 – 21 Fire Prevention Week, urging smoke alarm safety, escape plans in case of a fire and reminding us all that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire.
During the school visits the team talks about smoke detectors and encourages students to ask their parents about them. They’re asked to remind their parents to check the batteries in all the home detectors. Fire fighters also talk about the importance of having an escape plan in case of a fire. They learn about having a meeting place, and not to go back into their home for any reason until the fire department says that it is safe. During the visit one firefighter puts on all of the gear worn during a fire response. They want to show students that they will look and sound different once they are in their gear but they are there to help and not to be afraid. Kids are encouraged to touch the firefighter and ask questions. Crews always remind students that stop, drop and roll is an important part of fire safety if your clothes are ever on fire.
To ensure your home and family are safe during a fire:
- Make a home escape plan, discuss the plan with everyone in your home
- Know at least two ways out of every room
- Have an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home
- Close doors as you leave
- Never go back inside once you’re safely out
- Call 911 from outside your home
For more information and safety tips, visit the Boise Fire Department.
Published: October 18, 2018