Fire Prevention Week will be observed October 9 – 15 2011.
- President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day in 1920.
- Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.
Fire Escape Plans
- Make sure every family member knows what to do in case of a fire. Draw up an escape plan for your home with at least two exits from every room. Set up a meeting place outside the home so that each family member can be accounted for.
- Install a smoke detector on every floor of your home. Test each smoke detector monthly and change the batteries once a year.
- Familiarize each of your family members with the alarm sound and make sure they understand what to do when they hear the sound.
- Purchase quality smoke detectors that are labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).
- When the alarm goes off, exit the home immediately and get to a phone to dial 9-1-1.
CO Safety Tips
- Place a CO detector alarm with a low level indicator that meets the requirements of the current UL standard 2034 or the requirements of the IAS 6-96 standard near every sleeping area of your home.
- When the alarm goes off, immediately move outside to fresh air and dial 9-1-1.
Fire Safety Tips
- Place lighters and matches out of children’s reach or in a locked area.
- Don’t leave cooking unattended, clear the cooking area of combustibles. If a grease fire occurs, place the lid on the pan to smother the flames, and turn off the burner.
- Never smoke in bed and carefully extinguish all butts.
- Don’t overload extension cords or place them under rugs.
- If someone is burned, cool the burn under running water for 10-15 minutes. If any blistering occurs see a doctor immediately.
- Place extinguishers in accessible areas and have them inspected properly.
Websites of Interest
WHFR Open House
Our open house is held annually at the firehouse to display our equipment and educate the public. WoHFeR, our dalmatian mascot, makes his appearance at the open house as well as other fire prevention activities at WHFR.