HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other safety advocates to remind the public about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week (FPW). This year, FPW is October 9-15, 2011, and its theme is, "It's Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family From Fire!"
"The best way to protect your family from fire is to prevent fires from starting. Fire is a serious public safety concern, and the Honolulu Fire Department feels that your best defense is a good offense," said Fire Chief Kenneth Silva.
This year's campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires: cooking, heating, electrical equipment, candles, and smoking materials. It also urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology, such as smoke alarms and fire prevention planning.
To attract attention to fire prevention, the HFD again held an FPW poster contest for its employees and their families. Contest winners will be acknowledged at the Mayor's FPW Proclamation Signing ceremony. The HFD will ask managers of government buildings, recreational facilities, private businesses, and high-rise buildings to display the winning posters.
To bring its fire prevention message into the home, the HFD will distribute its Fire Fighter's Safety Guide to elementary school students. This is the 26th year that the HFD has partnered with the Department of Education to provide elementary school students and their families with this life-saving tool.
The following activities are scheduled for FPW 2011:
Children and Youth Day Festival: October 2, 2011, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lieutenant Governor's FPW Proclamation October 3, 2011, 9 a.m.
Signing: Lieutenant Governor's Office, 5th Floor
Mayor's FPW Proclamation Signing: October 4, 2011, 10 a.m.
Mayor's Conference Room, 3rd Floor