Fire Prevention Week is observed annually in October. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and members of the Oregon Life Safety Team promote an annual theme and provide resources to fire agencies to educate Oregonians about fire prevention and safety.
Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11, 2014)
Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire - the two-day blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 more homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings October 8-9, 1871.
That tragedy inspired reform across America, spurring new fire safety codes and public awareness campaigns. Each October, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors a fire prevention week campaign to highlight the importance of fire safety education.
This year's campaign is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Test Yours Every Month!”
Fire Prevention Month (October 2014)
This year, the OSFM will undertake its most comprehensive Fire Prevention Week/Month education and awareness campaign ever. From feedback provided by fire service, we’ve decided to celebrate during the entire month of October. The OSFM is pursuing a variety of fire prevention education approaches in support of the 2014 Fire Prevention Week campaign. Oregon will follow the national theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Test Yours Every Month!”
The OSFM is developing several resources to support education and outreach efforts for the fire service.
#TestitTuesday will be promoted weekly on Twitter and Facebook, urging Oregonians to take a “selfie” photo featuring smoke alarm testing. A winner from Oregon will be chosen every week from the submissions posted to the OSFM Facebook page. Local fire agencies will be encouraged to spread the word and engage citizens with one of our culture’s most widely used means of communication.
#TriviaThursday will involve a weekly smoke alarm related trivia question posted to the OSFM’s Facebook page and Twitter feed during the five Thursdays of October. Winners will receive smoke alarms.
The OSFM encourages the use of the social media hashtag #firesafeOregon for all Oregon fire prevention education related activities and news statewide. Please feel free to begin using the hashtag now and in all fire prevention and safety posts throughout the year.
For more information on fire prevention week/month, contact Stephanie Stafford, Fire Prevention Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-934-8219.