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Fire prevention week asks families to "Look. Listen. Learn."

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It might not feel like fall quite yet, but firefighters are getting the word out now. Fire officials hope to educate people about the potential fire dangers in their homes before we get the first cold snap.

Monday marked the start of fire prevention week. This year firefighters across the country want people to consider three things to make sure their families and homes are safe, "Look. Listen. Learn."

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, but many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

This year's FPW campaign, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one.

"Unattended cooking is a large reason we have house fires. Holidays are coming up, everyone schedule gets busy, you try to cook, work, and entertain. We tell people to set times to tell you something else is happening," said Fire Marshal William Matlock.

There are nearly one million house fires a year in the United States and Chattanooga had one fire death this year, fire officials said it's one too many.

Monday morning, Chattanooga Fire Department had a tribute to fallen heroes at the Firefighter's Fountain downtown.

The Chattanooga Fire Department recently earned a class one ISO rating, which put them in the top 1% of all departments in the country. A testament to their commitment to keeping the Scenic City a safe place to live.

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in the country.

During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.


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