National Fire Safety Week
National Fire Safety Week, October 6-12, 2013
In 1920 President Woodrow Wilson issues the first proclamation for National Fire Prevention day. And in 1922, the week that includes October 9th has been observed as National Fire Safety Week.
Fire is no laughing matter. It can be a devastating event, destroying homes and families. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011 there were 1,389,500 reported fires in the US, causing 3,005 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries and $11.7 Billion in property damage.
A further statistic shows that on average, there is a fire department in the US responding to a fire once every 23 seconds!
These statistics are staggering and they show that fire is serious business. You should start educating your children about the dangers of fire at an early age. They should be shown the devastating effects of a fire and be advised how easy a fire can be started. It is truly amazing how many fires we hear about that get started by kids playing with fire, whether it be matches, lighters, candles, cooking, etc.
At Huff Insurance, we deal with the after effects of fires throughout the year and it is tough. Although we want to make sure that you are protected with the right Home Insurance, Renters Insurance, Apartment Owners Insurance, etc., should there a be a fire in your property, fire prevention should always be on the forefront of your mind.
My next blog will discuss having a plan to deal with a fire should you find yourself facing the scary ordeal. Having a plan and knowing what to do plays an important role in keeping calm in a stressful situation..