Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) invites the public to participate in activities planned in conjunction with "Fire Prevention Week" October 3 through 9.
Two events are planned for Wednesday, October 6:
Volunteers are still being sought for the year's second smoke alarm rally from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 2 at Lincoln High School. Volunteers will be installing free smoke alarms, each equipped with a 10-year battery, in the area bounded by Washington, "F", 14th and 17th streets. More information is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: smoke alarm).
The rally parallels the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign – "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.
LFR Captain Jeff Hatcher said NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. "Most people are complacent about smoke alarms because they already have one in their homes," said Hatcher. "Fire Prevention Week provides an excellent opportunity to re-educate people about their importance. Ideally, we want this year's campaign to serve as a reminder for families to self-inspect their homes and ensure that their families have full smoke alarm protection."
LFR urges the public to remember the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
In addition to the City website, more information on Fire Prevention Week can be found by visiting the NFPA website at www.firepreventionweek.org.