PREVENTION WEEK. HAVE 2 WAYS OUT” is NFPA’s
official theme for
Prevention Week (FPW) 2012, October 7-13, 2012. This
year's theme "Have 2 Ways Out!", focuses on the
importance of fire escape planning and practice.
It is important to have a home fire escape plan that
prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly
when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape
route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having
two ways out is such a key part of your plan. An
emphasis will be placed on reminding families to
practice their home fire escape plan at least twice a
The reality is that when fire
strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames
in just a few minutes.
Resources for developing and practicing a home fire
escape plan and other fire safety tips may be obtained by
The E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety Team including
Jake the Fire Safety Dog (www.jakethefiredog.org)
will continue their fire safety outreach efforts and
appearances in area schools and throughout communities
in Michigan, Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to promote the 2012 Fire Prevention Week
theme from early
May through early November, 2012.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of FPW
for nearly 90 years.
Fire Prevention Week themes over the years
NBFU 1927 Why this Mad
Sacrifice to Fire?
NBFU 1928 FIRE…Do Your Part – Stop This Waste!
NBFU 1929 FIRE – The Nation’s Greatest Menace! Do Your
Part to Stop This Waste!
NBFU 1930 Fight Fire Waste with Fire Prevention. Do Your
NBFU 1931 Do Your Part to Prevent Fire
NBFU 1932 Your Life. Your Property
1933 Your Life. Your Property
1934 Now War on Fire
1935 What Would Fire Mean to You?
1936 Stop It
1937 Help Prevent Fires
1938 Is This Your Tomorrow?
1939 Was Somebody Careless?
1940 Keep Fire In Its Place
1941 Defend Against Fire
1942 Today Every Fire Helps Hitler
1943 Fires Fight for the Axis! (to emphasize home fire
Feed Fighters Not Fires (farm
and rural campaign)
The War’s Over for This Plant
Was Somebody Careless? (general
1944 To Speed Victory – Prevent Fires (general purpose)
Feed Fighters, Not Fires! (farm
To Speed Victory, Defeat Fire
1945 We Burned the Enemy – Now Save Yourself from Fire
1946 FIRE is the Silent Partner of Inflation
1947 YOU caused 1,700,000 Fires last Year!
1948 Help Yourself to Fire Prevention!
1949 Flameproof Your Future!
1950 Don’t Let Fire Lick You
1951 Defend America From Fire
1952 Be Free From Fear of Fire
1953 Fire Feeds on Careless Deeds
1954 Let’s Grow Up – Not Burn Up
1955 Don’t Give Fire A Place to Start
1956 Don’t Give Fire a Place to Start
1957 Make Sure of Their Tomorrows – Don’t Give Fire a
Place to Start
1958 Don't Give Fire a Place to Start
1959 Fire Prevention is Your Job…Too
1960 Don't Give Fire a Place to Start
1961 Don't Give Fire a Place to Start
1962 Fire Prevention is Your Job…Too
1963 Don't Give Fire a Place to Start
1964 Fire Prevention is Your Job…Too
1965 Don't Give Fire a Place to Start
1966 Fight Fire
1967 Fire Hurts
1968 Fire Hurts
1969 Fire Hurts
1970 Fire Hurts
1971 Fire Hurts
1972 Fire Hurts
1973 Help Stop Fire
1974 Things That Burn
1975 Learn Not to Burn
1976 Learn Not to Burn
1977 Where There's Smoke, There Should Be a Smoke Alarm
1978 You Are Not Alone!
1979 Partners in Fire Prevention
1980 Partners in Fire Prevention
1981 EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home)
1982 Learn Not To Burn - Wherever You Are
1983 Learn Not To Burn All Through the Year
1984 Join the Fire Prevention Team
1985 Fire Drills Save Lives at Home at School at Work
1986 Learn Not to Burn: It Really Works!
1987 Play It Safe…Plan Your Escape
1988 A Sound You Can Live With: Test Your Smoke Detector
1989 Big Fires Start Small: Keep Matches and Lighters in
the Right Hands
1990 Keep Your Place Firesafe: Hunt for Home Hazards
1991 Fire Won't Wait...Plan Your Escape.
1992 Test Your Detector - It's Sound Advice!
1993 Get Out, Stay Out: Your Fire Safe Response
1994 Test Your Detector For Life
1995 Watch What You Heat: Prevent Home Fires!
1996 Let's Hear It For Fire Safety: Test Your Detectors!
1997 Know When to Go: React Fast to Fire
1998 Fire Drills: The Great Escape!
1999 Fire Drills: The Great Escape!
2000 Fire Drills: The Great Escape!
2001 Cover the Bases & Strike Out Fire
2002 Team Up for Fire Safety
2003 When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!
2004 It's Fire Prevention Week! Test Your Smoke Alarms
2005 Use Candles With Care
2006 Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat
2007 It's Fire Prevention Week! Practice Your Escape
2008 It's Fire Prevention Week! Prevent Home Fires
2009 Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned
2010 Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
2011 It's Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family From
2012 Have 2 Ways Out!
"Reproduced from NFPA's
Fire Prevention Week Web site, www.firepreventionweek.org.
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 than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs.
Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole
city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself;
people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for
more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has
helped to debunk this version of events.
The 'Moo' Myth
Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to
it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn
where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is
no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke
out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary
herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and
that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.
a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the
years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of
theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood
boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others
believed that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started
the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite
may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several
fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention
Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed
on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According
to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information
Center, 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 during that week every year since 1925.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week 2012,
please visit the official NFPA website at www.firepreventionweek.org.