National Fire Prevention Week: Saving lives through prevention awareness

National Fire Prevention Week: Saving lives through prevention awareness

The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office joins fire departments nationwide to stress the importance of this year’s theme: “Look for places fires can start; listen for the sound of a smoke alarm; learn two ways out of each room.” This essential call-to-action can help protect your home and loved ones.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 80 percent of fire-related deaths occur in homes. Cooking is considered the leading cause of home fires, and the NFPA statistics indicate that people are 10 percent more likely to die in a home fire today than they were in 1980. They also indicate that three of five home fire deaths happen in a dwelling with no smoke alarms.

Missing or dead batteries, or devices that have been disconnected are the leading cause of smoke alarms that fail. In 2018, the Idaho State Fire Marshal investigated five fires that resulted in six fatalities. In all five cases, no working smoke alarm present was present.

National Fire Prevention Week will take place from October 7 through October 13. It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, a blaze that killed more than 250 people, destroyed over 17,000 structures and left at least 100,000 homeless.

To educate youth about common fire risks, ADT Security created a fun and interactive Fire Safety Guide.