WSMR Fire Department
What does Fire Prevention Week mean to you? In a historical aspect, let’s discuss the reason we celebrate Fire Prevention Week.
We’d have to start by mentioning the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. History tells us that this conflagration killed more than 250 residents in the fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the fire destroyed over 17,400 structures and burned over 2,000 acres.
Just think, all this damage caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cows? After-all, legend has it that her cow kicked over a lamp, causing her barn to burn down. What we know as fact is that the barn burned to the ground, but who or what actually started the fire is really up to who is telling the story. For those animal lovers, we can tell you that the cow is simply not guilty!
So regardless of who or what you want to find at fault, one thing we know as fact is the Great Chicago Fire is what President Woodrow Wilson used as his reference when he issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation starting in 1920. Each year since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday in which Oct. 9 falls.
This year we celebrate Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 to 15, and the theme is; “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”.
Here are a few facts concerning fires in the United States; according the NFPA 2015 statistics:
-50 percent of the home fire fatalities occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
-60 percent of the home fire fatalities occur in homes without smoke detectors or improperly working detectors
-Properly working smoke detectors significantly cut down the risk of dying in a fire
-Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries
-Frying is the leading activity associated with cooking fires
-Approximately 75 percent of Americans report having an established escape plan; however over 50 percent of those never practice it
Here at WSMR, we have been fortunate in that we have had only one structure fire this calendar year; and due to the quick reaction of the occupants-the facility sustained no fire damage.
WSMR Fire & Emergency Services is proud to report that we have had an extremely successful year. Some may argue that this is because we have a superb fire team, but it really comes down to the team we have on WSMR.
We don’t achieve these results alone. This comes down to the efforts by all who work, and live on WSMR.
If you do not have a good sound fire safety plan, and you fail to put it into practice on a daily basis, then it is just a matter of time where we will all feel that pain. So we say, “Thank You Team WSMR” in making this a fire safe community, and looking forward to what we can do together in the future.