Fire Prevention Week 2023 is quickly approaching! This essential fire protection week takes place every year and is an ideal time to check out your business facilities to ensure you have the proper fire safety protections in place. This year’s Fire Prevention Week unfolds Sunday, October 8, through Saturday, October 14. Read on to learn more about the history of Fire Prevention Week, this year’s fire safety theme, and what you can do to ensure the proper fire protections are in place within your building.
History of Fire Prevention Week
The National Fire Protection Association has been celebrating Fire Prevention Week since 1922. The inaugural Fire Prevention Week began in 1922, and in 1925 President Calvin Coolidge made a proclamation that Fire Prevention Week would be observed nationally. This special observance occurs each year during the week of October 9 and was created to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a devastating fire event that started on October 8, 1871. This fire resulted in more than 250 people losing their lives, 100,000 individuals becoming homeless, and more than 17,400 structures destroyed. During this week each year, we focus on the importance of fire safety and the steps we can take to ensure our properties and the people in them are safe.
2023’s Theme: Cooking Safety
The Fire Prevention Week theme for 2023 is cooking safety. During this year’s weeklong event, it’s important to focus on cooking safety in general. It’s also vital to understand how to keep your restaurant business and other commercial properties where cooking occurs safe and free from fires. Here are some aspects to consider regarding cooking safety in commercial buildings:
- Preventing Commercial Kitchen & Cooking Fires: Learn why preventing fires in commercial kitchens should be top on your safety priority list and ways to keep your property fire safe.
- NFPA Fire Safety for Food Trucks and Mobile Kitchens: Fire safety for food trucks and mobile kitchens is a bit different, so it’s important to understand how to keep these non-stationary cooking areas fire-free.
- Restaurant Fire Safety: In restaurants, there’s a lot of cooking going on at all times. Therefore, it’s important to know the finer details regarding restaurant fire safety.
- First Aid Products: Should a fire or other life safety emergency occur, your staff should be prepared with the right first aid products.
- Kitchen Fire Suppression: Since many fires in restaurants begin in the kitchen, it’s important to be aware of hood and duct cleaning and commercial exhaust issues, and fire safety tips.
General Fire Prevention
At all times, it’s vital to have the proper fire safety features in place in the case of a fire within your business. Here are some fire safety products your building may need to have in place for the protection of your property and the people in it:
- Fire Prevention Measures: There are certain fire prevention measures to have in place within your commercial building to alert you in the case of a fire and help extinguish the fire should it occur, which include sprinkler systems, fire / Co2 alarms, and fire extinguishers.
- Ancillary Services: In addition to a sprinkler system and fire alarm, your building should also have fire doors, emergency exit lights, and safety signage.
- Documentation: As a commercial business, regulations may require safety program development and fire log books.
Make sure your building is fire-safe. Learn more during this year’s Fire Prevention Week!