It’s Fire Prevention Week – Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week, and hopefully your department and Fire Corps team are using this opportunity to conduct fire prevention events and promote important fire prevention and life safety messages and information in your community. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Fire prevention efforts should be an on-going effort throughout the year, and there are many resources available to help your department and support team start and expand a fire prevention program in your community.

Fire Prevention Week 2014: Find materials and resources to help promote the theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” and educate the public on important smoke alarm and fire safety information.

Smoke Alarm and Home Safety Check Program: Fire Corps provides resources to help departments and Fire Corps teams conduct smoke alarm and home safety check programs, including the Home Safety Checklist, a customizable flyer to promote the program, safety tips for outside the home, and instructions for installing a smoke alarm. Registered Fire Corps members can download these materials for free; if you are not a member of Fire Corps, register for free here.

Fire Corps Training: The NVFC Virtual Classroom contains many courses that focus on how non-emergency support teams can assist fire departments with activities such as fire prevention education. Courses include FC-303: Fire Corps in Public Education, FC-304: Conducting Home Safety Checks, FC-301: Fire Corps in Disaster Response, and many others.

Fire Corps Guide to Fire and Life Safety Education: This guide walks you through how to implement or enhance a local fire and life safety education program and provides profiles of successful programs and sample documents to help further these efforts. Registered Fire Corps members can download the guide for free; if you are not a member of Fire Corps, register for free here.

Fire Prevention Tips Sheets: Fire Corps has compiled a series of tips sheets that departments and Fire Corps teams can use to educate community members on how to prevent fires and keep their homes and families safe.

Wildand Fire Assessment Program: A joint effort of the NVFC and U.S. Forest Service, this program provides training and materials to help volunteer fire departments and Fire Corps teams conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface to make the community more fire adapted before the next wildfire.

Smoke Alarms: This section of the NFPA web sites includes statistics, resource guides, videos, smoke alarm installation instructions, and more to help fire departments, educators, and community members reduce fire deaths and injuries.

Install. Inspect. Protect.: This campaign from the U.S. Fire Administration urges residents to install smoke alarms in their home and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis.