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Fire Prevention Week

Thank you for a great 2016 campaign! The 2017 Fire Prevention Week campaign will be
announced on June 1. 

In 2016, our campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represented the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why did we focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we addressed smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Get the answers to some frequently asked questions about replacing your smoke alarms.

Teach FPW

You can still take the opportunity to introduce Fire Prevention Week to students, members of your community and high-risk populations. NFPA has several free downloads for you to use, including:

2016 FPW infographic

FPW infographic (PDF) for your website, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Place wherever you want to use it, and link the infographic to
    Fire Prevention Week Lesson Plan

Building a Stronger Community  — The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms (PDF) is a lesson plan for grades 1-5.

    Fire Prevention Week parent letter

Teachers can send home a letter to parents in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) to encourage families to check the expiration date of smoke alarms.

See all of NFPA's FPW teaching materials.

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