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Fire Prevention Week
About Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more that 17,400 structures and burned more that 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

A Longstanding Tradition
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance each October since 1925. The NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety.

Plan Ahead
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. This year, Fire Prevention Week will be observed October 5-11, 2014.

Pembroke Pines Fire Prevention Poster Contest
Elementary school students throughout Pembroke Pines will have a chance to compete in the Fire Department’s annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.  Winners of the contest will be awarded trophies and their posters are being displayed from October 6-10, 2014 at City Hall during Fire Prevention Week. This is a great opportunity for children to show their creative talents and get them thinking about fire safety at the same time.

2013 Theme: Kitchen Safety Tips
In light of this year’s theme, Pembroke Pines Fire Department would like to provide important kitchen safety tips to homeowners regarding kitchen safety:

  • When frying, grilling, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen.
  • Maintain a kid and pet-free zone at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

Visit the Fire Prevention Week website for more information and safety tips.