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The Town of Lyons is helping to observe Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-12, 2018 with a series of public safety messages including a daily safety tip regarding fire prevention.
While fire prevention should be practiced every day, this week brings special attention to the topic and what we all can do to minimize potential threats.
Take time each day to focus on a specific aspect of home fire safety tips and education which can apply to all ages, from children to adults.
Monday, October 8 - Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Check your batteries. Make a note to replace batteries too. A good suggestion is to replace batteries when daylight savings time ends and you adjust your clocks to fall back, which this year will be Nov 4, 2018.
Tuesday, October 9 - Heating Safety
There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths?
Wednesday, October 10 – Carbon Monoxide Safety
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
Thursday, October 11 - Cooking Safety
Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries?
Friday, October 12 - Escape Plans
Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safety once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone need to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.
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 the country. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.