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Fire Prevention Week is an annual event designed to get people talking about fire safety. This year’s theme focuses on preventing fires in the home and emphasizes the importance of having a plan in place for if one does occur. Here, we detail ways to get the word out and educate others during the week of October 8-14, 2017.

In School
Teachers can help students get excited about fire safety with a weeklong curriculum dedicated to the subject. Consider creating a trivia game around fire safety, where students can earn these themed stickers for recalling fire prevention facts. To further reinforce your in-class lessons, assign homework where students have to work with their parents to create a home evacuation plan in the case of an emergency.

Our Fire Safety and Me book from the All About Me™ collection can also be a great teaching tool, allowing students to insert their photo into the cover to make the story personal to them. Customize the back of the book with the school’s logo and contact information for the local fire department so it can serve as a take-home resource.

At Work
To get employees thinking about home fire safety at the workplace, HR representatives should arrange a lunch-and-learn or a series of workshops during Fire Prevention Week. Consider asking representatives from the local fire station to come in and speak and have brochures available for employees to take with them. Fire hat-shaped stress balls also make a fun giveaway that can serve as a good reminder for year-round fire safety.

With the Community
Local fire departments and neighborhood associations would do well to host an open house so community members have an opportunity to learn about fire prevention. Make it kid-friendly with games and fun stations, such as a “stop, drop and roll” practice zone, a place to sound the fire alarm and an area to try on firefighter equipment. Hand out attention-grabbing pens customized with emergency contact info as a way to encourage community members to put pen to paper and come up with a safety plan for their home.

For more on how to recognize this week, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website.

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