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Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Sparky the Fire DogFire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), it’s an annual observance that begins “on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.”

Teach your kids about the importance of fire safety by referring to Sparky the Fire Dog’s safety checklist. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Have 2 Ways Out!”, so make sure to put together a family escape plan. You can download a free escape planning sheet from NFPA.org or let Sparky the Fire Dog teach you how to put together a home fire escape plan.  Parents can also take the Fire Prevention Week quiz with their kids and visit Sparky.org for games, activities, animated shorts, and more.

Plus, in case you missed it, “A Smart Fire Safety Plan” was featured in the October issue of Parents magazine.  The article highlights the fire hazards in different areas of your home (kitchen, living room, basement) and gives information on how to plan fire drills and where to install fire and carbon monoxide alarms. You can also check out more fire safety tips from Parents.com.

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