This week is Fire Prevention Week! Started in 1922, this annual event commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned for two days, left 100,000 people homeless, and destroyed a large part of the city. This huge fire changed firefighting and fire safety for the better, bringing attention to the need to promote fire prevention and safety to everyone. From what to do if there's a fire to promoting safe use of flame, there are many ways Fire Prevention Week can help us all become more fire safe!
Each year, a different theme is chosen for Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month." Now is a great time to check all the smoke detectors in your home! It's also a good idea to check them regularly and here's a checklist from Sparky the Fire Dog to help you remember! Sparky has many good resources to teach children about fire safety on his website, as well as games, activities, and information about fire trucks, fire fighting, and more. And there is even more fire safety info at Sparky Schoolhouse!
Here at the library, we promote fire safety with books! You can find many fire safety titles in our collection. We also have books about firefighting, fire trucks, and emergency vehicles. This year, we also hosted a Fire Safety Fun program to help kids learn about fire.
Be sure to celebrate Fire Prevention Week by checking your smoke detectors, making an emergency plan, and borrowing some fire safety books from your library!
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