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Fire Prevention Week

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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.

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It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape plan, before a fire happens. Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

In your planning, know at least two ways out of every room in your home, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily and have an outside meeting place that is a safe distance away from your home that everyone can get to and know about.

Practice your home fire escape plan with everyone in the household at least twice a year, including one practice during the day and another at night.

Click the link below for tools to help you create your own home fire escape plan!

Home Fire Escape Plan