Today marks the first day of Fire Prevention Week. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), "Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871."

This years theme is "Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." There are many things we can do to prevent fires. Checking your Smoke Alarms is a very important step in fire prevention. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following tips: 
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

You can learn more about Fire Prevention on the NSPA website, http://www.nfpa.org/.


If you don't have smoke alarms, you should install them immediately. If you need assistance with smoke alarms at your home, you can contact the American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan.
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