Syracuse Celebrates National Fire Prevention Week Syracuse Celebrates National Fire Prevention Week

Fire Safety Celebration Runs From Oct. 6-Oct. 12

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Syracuse’s LeMoyne Elementary was set to be the site of the Syracuse Fire Department’s official kickoff to National Fire Prevention Week on Monday morning, but, ironically, wet weather forced its cancellation.

Despite the small setback, Syracuse will, along with many other cities nationwide, celebrate Fire Prevention Week (FPW) from Sunday Oct. 6 to Saturday Oct. 12. Syracuse Fire Department is set to host a parade and open house at Fire Station No. 2 at 2300 Lodi St. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m on Saturday. The event will serve to educate families and children with fire safety demonstrations, a fire safety trailer and a kids’ fun zone where children can meet fire-related mascots.

FPW is especially important to New York State which has battled with several deadly fires in 2019. According to data collected by the U.S. Fire Administration, New York State leads the country in civilian fire deaths in 2019 with a reported 87 fatalities, one more than the much more populous state of Texas.

The theme for this year’s FPW, however, seeks to give Americans the tools they need to prepare themselves to escape those fires if they need to with the motto: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.

According to the event’s international sponsor, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the 2019 theme, “works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.”

NFPA offers a few simple tips to help prepare people for fires if they do come about, including making a detailed plan and drawing out escape routes for everyone in the house and practicing that plan at least twice a year both during the day and at night.

For more information about FPW and for resources to educate others, visit the NFPA online, where you can find NFPA’s mission, activities and educational materials for children and an FPW toolkit.



REPORTER: Well, guys, this year’s them for National Fire Prevention week is very, very catch and super important: Not All Heroes Wear a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.

It’s all about being prepared so the N-F-P-A is suggesting five different things you can do to get yourself prepared in case a fire does break out.

First and foremost, make an escape plan and draw it on a map of your home so that everyone can know the escape routes you want to take.

Then you have to make sure you practice it. At least twice a year and at least once during both the day and the night. You want to make sure you also know at least two different routes to get out of every room in your home.

They also encourage adults to teach their children how to get out on their own and frequently and especially test and check your fire alarms and smoke detectors at least a couple of times a year.

For more information you can head to N-F-P-A dot org. They’ve got all kinds of great information over there, including why this week is so important, a toolkit filled with all kinds of resources that you might need to know and even activities to get kids involved with fire safety.

If you want to celebrate locally, the kickoff event wasn’t your last chance. You can head on down to Lodi Street this Saturday at 10 A-M where the Syracuse Fire Department will host a parade and open house and you can even meet good old Sparky, guys.

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