|Fire Prevention Week 2009 (October 4-10, 2009)
Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned
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 campaign to highlight the importance of fire safety education. This year's theme focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe from the leading causes of home fires, injuries, and deaths. The campaign also provides burn prevention safety tips. Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing burn injuries is a healthy change we can make happen.
The Oregon Burn Center reports in a typical year:
• 60% of their patients are adult males (ages 18-105), who are burned using gasoline/other ignitable (flammable) liquids on trash, debris, or camp fires & barbecues.
• 30% of their patients are children under age 5, who suffer scald burns usually from hot coffee, tea, or food.
To assist with reducing these painful burn injuries the Office of State Fire Marshal has created two new safety brochures focusing on gasoline safety and cooking/scald safety.
Office of State Fire Marshal Press Release
New Safety Information and Brochures
Gasoline/Flammable Liquid Safety
Fire Prevention & Safety Materials Order Form
Additional Home Fire Safety Information
NFPA Fire Prevention Week
Oregon Burn Center
First Aid for Burns
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