Fire Prevention Week may not officially take place until October 2014, but that has not stopped the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from spreading the message about the importance of testing your smoke alarms now.
The NFPA is an American organisation based in Massachusetts, and while Fire Prevention Week is primarily focused in the USA, the UK Fire and Rescue Services will also be doing their part, as will we, to ensure that the ‘testing your smoke alarm message’ is heard loud and clear.
Fire Prevention Week was set-up to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left over 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
Legend has it that the fire was originally started by a cow belonging to a Mrs. Catherine O’Leary, who kicked over a lamp that first set the barn on fire before spreading throughout the city. The cow and Mrs. Leary have taken the blame for the fire ever since, but it has never been proved that the fire originated in the barn or that the cow was the culprit. It remains to this day, a myth.
Fire Prevention Week has been running since 1927, each with a different theme, including:
- 1927 – Why This Mad Sacrifice to Fire?
- 1954 – Let’s Grow Up – Not Burn Up
- 2010 – Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
In 2014, the theme again focuses on smoke alarms:
- Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month
The importance of testing your smoke alarm every month has never been stronger and this year’s theme highlights this perfectly.
To kickstart awareness for the main event in October, the NFPA have enlisted Sparky the Fire Dog (who you can follow on Twitter) to announce the 2014 theme. You can watch the announcement below or by clicking this link:
Testing your smoke alarm or the smoke alarms of elderly family and friends has never been more important and there is no better time than now to start testing! Safely test your smoke alarms with a GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester today.
You can find out more about Fire Prevention Week here, where you can also see all the themes since 1927.
We will be promoting Fire Prevention Week and so can you. The NFPA have created logos that you can use in your promotions to help spread the word and you can download them here.