National Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The NFPA is a global, self-funded nonprofit organization, established in 1896 and devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the mission to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion.
Fire Protection Week
Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored Fire Prevention Week in October. During this week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to decrease casualties caused by fire. Fire Prevention Week is observed annually the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8, 1871 and caused devastating damage, killing more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, destroying more than 17,400 structures, and burning more than 2,000 acres of land.
The 2023 campaign, "Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention," works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.
- Cooking Safety
- Cooking Safety (Spanish)
- Cooking Safety Infographic
- Campus Safety Tips
- Escape Planning
- Home Safety for People with Disabilities
- Smoke Alarms at Home
The 2022 campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
- September 27, 2022 Fire Prevention Week Proclamation
- Fire Won't Wait Infographic
- Family Home Safety Action Plan
- Home Fire Escape Plan (geared for kids)
The theme for Fire Prevention Week in 2021 was "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety." Learning the different sounds which smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make keeps individuals, their families & friends, and their property safe. "Hear a beep, get on your feet!"