Fire Prevention Week ignites in October

HONOLULU (KHNL) -In an effort to prevent fires and promote fire safety the Honolulu Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association set out each year to educate the public during fire prevention week.

This year Fire Prevention week will be October 5-11.

The theme for the 2008 campaign is "It's Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires!"

According to the HFD most fire injuries and fatalities are caused by fires that occur in homes.

This year's campaign will be encouraging families to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes are safe from fire hazards and if alerted by the smoke alarm have a prepared fire escape plane ready.

The idea for Fire Prevention Week was sparked by the Great Chicago Fire in October, 1871. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America decided it should be observed nationally to inform the public about the importance of fire prevention.

In October, elementary school students statewide will receive a Fire Fighter's Safety Guide from their teachers. The educational guide is designed to help students and their families create a fire escape plan, test smoke alarms as well as learn fire safety tips.

If you have any questions about fire safety you can contact the HFD Public Information Officer, (808) 723-7117