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Fire Prevention Week
About Fire Prevention Week
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 that 17,400 structures and burned more that 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

A Longstanding Tradition
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance each October since 1925. The NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety.

Plan Ahead
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. This year, Fire Prevention Week will be observed October 5-11, 2014.

Pembroke Pines Fire Prevention Poster Contest
Elementary school students throughout Pembroke Pines will have a chance to compete in the Fire Department’s annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.  Winners of the contest will be awarded trophies and their posters are being displayed from October 6-10, 2014 at City Hall during Fire Prevention Week. This is a great opportunity for children to show their creative talents and get them thinking about fire safety at the same time.

2014 Theme "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"
Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

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Visit the Fire Prevention Week website for more information and safety tips.