National Fire Prevention Week 2019

FirePreventionPosterContest2019 smallMetro Fire, in collaboration with other local fire departments and child safety organizations, is holding a poster contest to reinforce the importance that anyone can be a hero by doing some simple things at home or at work to prepare for a fire. This year’s theme is, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe. Work with your family and enter the contest below.



FPW19Monday.jpg As a result of the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1871, Fire Prevention Week was established and has been recognized by every President since Woodrow Wilson.

Metro Fire wants you to take some time during Fire Prevention Week - October 6-12, 2019 - to be the family hero and plan your escape. Do you and your family members know what to do in a real fire situation? Go through this checklist to make sure you are and your family are prepared!



FPW19Tuesday.jpg It’s 2:00 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you suddenly hear the smoke alarm sounding. If you’re not sure what you’d do next, it’s time to learn! Click here to find out what to do if you hear the smoke alarm sound and how to be develop a home escape plan.



FPW19Wednesday.jpg Did you know that in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds? Make sure you know how to use those minutes wisely. A home escape plan includes two exits from each room in your home (a door and a window). Find out more information on building your escape plan and smoke alarm maintenance here.



FPW19Thursday.jpg Use this home escape planning grid to map out a floor plan of your home. Make sure it includes the location of all smoke alarms in your home; two exits from every room; a path from each exit to the outside; and an outdoor meeting place where everyone will meet upon exiting the home. Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it twice a year with all members of your household!



FPW19Friday.jpg In a fire situation, once you get outside, stay outside! Go directly to your outside meeting place. An outside meeting place is where everyone will meet upon exiting the home. Pick a stationary location in front of your home, like a tree, mailbox, or light post. Then call 911 from your cell phone or a neighbor’s phone. Metro Fire wants you to check out this Use escape planning tip sheet for more information.


Smoke Alarms

Do you want to learn more about smoke alarms and why they are an important part of a fire safe home? Or do you want to get ideas for creating a poster to submit to the Fire Prevention Week Poster? Open the link below for a fact sheet on smoke alarms to become safer in your home today!


The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25% by 2020. To do this in our Community, Red Cross volunteers and local partners, like Metro Fire, go door to door to install smoke alarms, let people know what to have in a kit so they are prepared to leave quickly in the event of a fire, and to encourage residents to practice their 2-minute exit drills in the home (EDITH).

The Red Cross strives to install 4,000 smoke alarms in our most vulnerable communities. To find our more about this free program and apply for installation or to volunteer, please click on the following link:

Need more information about how to keep your home safe from fire, and your family safe in the event once occurs? Visit the following page and information sheets on a variety of safety topics related to residential fire safety:


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