NFPA announces theme for Fire Prevention Week 2008

Published on June 2, 2008
NFPA announces theme for Fire Prevention Week 2008
Prevent Home Fires!

June 2, 2008 – Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored a fire prevention campaign each October to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of fire safety. Today, the association announced the theme for the 2008 campaign: “It’s Fire Prevention Week – Prevent Home Fires! "

In the United States, eight out of 10 people killed in a fire die in one that has occurred in a home. During the week of October 5-11 and throughout the month, the public is urged to take steps to protect themselves and their homes by learning about how to prevent home fires and taking action.

NFPA's newly launched 2008 Fire Prevention Week Web site (www.firepreventionweek.org) offers safety tips, statistical information, and many other resources. Materials can be used by fire departments, teachers, families and anyone else interested in learning about how to prevent home fires or looking for resources to help teach others.

More than 2,500 people were killed in the nearly 400,000 home fires that fire departments responded to in 2006. These fires injured 12,500 people and were responsible for almost $7 billion in direct property damage.

The two leading causes of home fires are cooking and heating equipment. Fires that involve smoking materials and heating equipment are the leading cause of home fire deaths.

NFPA has taken the lead in public fire safety outreach by serving as the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 86 years. The annual public awareness and safety commemoration, which is proclaimed by the President of the United States each year, is observed by fire departments in the U.S. and Canadato mark the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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