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October 5-11 is National Fire Prevention Week


New York, Oct 06, 2008

By proclamation of President George W. Bush, this week is National Fire Prevention Week. Every year since 1925, the U.S. President has signed a Fire Prevention Week proclamation, honoring firefighters nationwide and calling attention to the importance of fire safety.

This year’s theme is It’s Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires! From October 5-11, 2008, fire safety advocates will educate communities on simple and effective ways to prevent the most common causes of home fires, including cooking, smoking, and heating appliances.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors National Fire Prevention Week, providing a myriad of free educational, informative, and entertaining materials on its website that encourage safe practices to prevent fires. These include:

NFPA also encourages families and classrooms to participate in The Great American Fire Drill. Children, their families, and their teachers can join by making a fire escape plan, choosing a date in October, and having a fire drill on that date. Those who take part can sign up on www.greatamericanfiredrill.org to make their participation count towards what the NFPA hopes will be the world’s biggest fire drill.

NFPA is a member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information on National Fire Prevention Week 2008, visit www.NFPA.org.

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