National Fire Prevention Week 2010 prepares for fire and other emergencies
Published on 11 October 2010
According to the United States Fire Administration, in 2009, fires killed more Americans than all other natural disasters combined.
To help kickoff National Fire Prevention Week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges everyone to take a few simple steps to protect yourself and your family from fires and other emergencies. Observed each October, National Fire Prevention Week, commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 by promoting fire safety. This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With."
"Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere," said FEMA Administrator, and former volunteer firefighter Craig Fugate. "While firefighters and first responders are critical in fighting and responding to fires, our best tool for preventing fires is an educated public. By taking a few simple steps now to get prepared, like making sure smoke alarms are working properly and placed throughout your home, you can keep your family safe." According to the United States Fire Administration, in 2009, fires killed more Americans than all other natural disasters combined. Eighty-six percent of civilian fire-related deaths happened in homes. Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in residential fires.
FEMA, through its United States Fire Administration (USFA), along with the National Fire Protection Association, urge you to take the steps necessary to update and maintain your smoke alarm protection with these tips:
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate marked the official start of National Fire Prevention Week yesterday by speaking to the families and friends of firefighters lost in the line of duty during 2009 at the 29th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. This year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and FEMA's USFA recognized the addition of 105 firefighters' names to the Memorial wall in Emmitsburg, Md.
Fire Prevention Week 2010 news
View all news from
Browse News by