Fire Prevention Week theme announced for centennial event

The 2022 “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape” campaign shares simple but important ways to safely escape home fires

By FireRescue1 staff

QUINCY, Mass. — 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme for the week is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” which aims to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

The NFPA warns that today’s homes burn faster than ever: “You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.”

Fire department personnel and others can find useful resources on the Fire Prevention Week website.

The NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.

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