Fire Prevention Month 2022: Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.

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, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on an early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, visit




Fire Prevention Month 2022: Fire Safety Toolkit


Resources for Schools/Students


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