The week will bring attention to the fact that most fires in homes, workplaces and schools can be prevented with a few simple precautions, city officials said.
The Fire Marshal’s Office will administer several fire drills at schools and workplaces during the week, and, according to officials, this year, the theme will be “Here the Beep Where you Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”
“Fire Prevention Week is an annual reminder that many house fires are entirely preventable, and that the injuries from these fires can also be prevented with a working smoke alarm,” Mayor Warren stated. “I encourage citizens to contact the Rochester Fire Department during Fire Prevention Week to make sure their homes are as fireproof as possible.”
In addition, “A working smoke alarm can literally be the difference between life and death in the event of a fire,” Schreiber added. “A smoke alarm is your shield. It gives you time to get out, and get to safety, and gives the firefighters a head start on fighting the fire.”
National Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to fall on the week that includes Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and a lesser-known, but equally devastating forest fire that consumed the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin on the same day.
The annual theme is determined by the National Fire Protection Association, which has recently partnered with the Rochester Fire Department, officials said.