Fire Prevention Month 2023: Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention!

It’s that time of year again when Central County Fire Department honors National Fire Prevention Week during the entire month of October.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire – the tragic October 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. Fire Departments all over the United States use the month of October to teach the community how to be fire-safe. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a campaign theme.

This year’s theme is, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™,” which is about important actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe when cooking.

  • Did you know? Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.
  • What can you do? The good news is you can prevent most cooking fires and burns. Help keep your family safer with some simple but effective tips.
  • For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, see below and visit

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