Fire Prevention Month
October is Fire Prevention Month and specifically the week of October 8 – 14 is National Fire Safety Week.
We will be sending out periodic safety tips covering all things fire safety related this month, from smoke alarms to gas detectors, water flow alarms, space heater usage, and many more fire safety tips.
Here is a little background on fire safety month. The Great Chicago Fire started in 1871; and the exact cause is often times debated. But the story generally goes that a cow kicked over a kerosene lamp which ignited the barn and eventually burned over 3.3 square miles, left 100,000 thousand homeless and killed nearly 300 people. This may be the most famous fire in American history; but that same night an even deadlier fire broke out in Pestigo, Wisconsin. This fire killed an estimated 1500 – 2500 people, destroyed 1875 square miles, 12 communities and remains the deadliest fire in American history.
Due to the lax (or non-existent) fire and building codes of the day, many lives were tragically lost during these and other events. After that, and other deadly events, many communities banded together and eventually a national fire safety task force was created to adopt and implement building and fire codes. These codes may be a bother to some, an unnecessary expense to others, and too controlling to still others; but many lives have been saved and can be directly attributed to these codes.
This October, we here at Home Hazard Prevention would like to remind each of you to check your smoke alarms monthly, change the batteries annually, and call us to get a fire extinguisher. Nearly 90% of all fire fatalities occur in private residences that have 1 or fewer smoke alarms and no working fire extinguisher.
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