Fire Prevention Day Open House

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Thursday October 01, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bradley Dattilio
Senior Fire Fighter/Paramedic
Fire Prevention
Education Coordinator – SBFD

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep?  Smoke alarms save lives.  If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.  In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chance of dying in a reported fire in half!

If you’re like many people, you may not even remember the last time that you checked your smoke detectors.  Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted, neglected and improperly tested and maintained as they should be.

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 and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.  While this fire remains one of the most well-known blazes, it wasn’t the largest.  That distinction goes to the Peshtigo fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history.  The fire roared through Northeast Wisconsin on October 8th, 1871, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.    

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.  Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

This year’s campaign, “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep,” aims to better educate the public about installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.  In support of these efforts, the South Burlington Fire Department will be hosting the annual Fire Prevention Day campaign on Saturday, October 3.  The location will be at Station 1 across from the South Burlington High School.  Please join us for a fun afternoon of Fire & EMS education, live kitchen fire demonstrations, free hot dogs and flashlights, and many more fun activities for the whole family.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Please follow our regular safety tips, activities, and incident log on facebook ( and Twitter (