2021 Fire Prevention Week Safety Campaign
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The Santa Clara County Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week™ campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”. This year’s campaign, October 3-9th, 2021 works to educate everyone about simple but important actions to take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises — a beeping sound or a chirping sound — you must take action.
We would like to share the following safety tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”:
- A continuous set of three loud beeps – beep, beep, beep – means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
- A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
- All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
- Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
- Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit: https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About
Join your community firefighters and visit different Santa Clara County Fire Department fire stations.
During this Virtual LIVE tour, you will meet local firefighters, visit the inside of the fire station, see the fire engines, and learn important fire and life safety skills that can help keep you and your family safe.
• October 5, Tuesday - Cupertino Fire Station @ 4:00PM
• October 13, Wednesday - Los Gatos Fire Station @ 3:30PM
• October 21, Thursday - Loyola Fire Station @ 4:00PM
• October 27, Wednesday - Saratoga Fire Station @ 3:30PM
TO JOIN US virtually on the date/time above, please use one of the following links below:
We encourage you to share these links with your family and friends!
Importance of Safety & Prevention
In a fire, seconds can mean the difference between being able to safely escape a home fire and a tragedy. Fire safety education is important for all ages, including children, teenagers, adults. Elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
History of Fire Prevention Week
Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
Safety Games & Activities for Young Children
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for KIDS: http://www.sparky.org/
Visit Sparky’s Fun House webpage to find safety videos, games & apps, activities, and more.
Teach Fire Safety. SAVE Lives.
Resources for Educators: https://sparkyschoolhouse.org/
Discover and find safety education content by grade level Preschool through Grade 5.