Navy celebrates National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14

Sparky the Fire Dog high fives

SILVERDALE, Wash. – Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services celebrates National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14. The firefighters will deploy their safety trailer with information on how to extinguish a kitchen fire, how to exit safely from home during a fire, and a visit by Sparky the fire safety mascot.

This year’s national prevention week theme is “Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out.” Firefighters have events planned at all the Navy installations throughout the Puget Sound area. Events are planned at Navy Child Development Centers, Navy Exchanges, and Navy Commissaries.

“We want to speak with the kids at the Child Development Centers about having a fire plan to escape from their home in case of fire,” said Jeff Wysong, Navy Region Northwest, Fire Prevention Chief. “We find that the kids take the handouts home and then their parents can develop a safety plan based on the information we give to them.”

A home fire escape plan will include having multiple ways of escape, which may be the door or the window, if the door isn’t available because of the fire. “We want families to have a plan and to practice their plan,” Wysong stressed. “It’s important to have a safe meeting location outside the home and to plan to stay out of the house once you’ve escaped.”

A safe meeting location is away from the home, perhaps at the mailbox. The fire safety trailer shows visitors how to use a fire extinguisher and how to fight a small kitchen fire. “Kitchen fires are the number one fire danger in the home,” Wysong explained. “The key is if you are cooking, stay in the kitchen. Problems happen when people leave something cooking and leave the kitchen with the stove on.”

Another fire safety plan includes testing the home smoke detectors. “You could have a fire safety test simply by testing the smoke detectors and see how your family reacts,” the fire prevention chief said. “It’s important that everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire. During a house fire there is no time to put together a plan.”

History of Fire Prevention Week:

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages.

Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins.

The Great Chicago Fire left an estimated 100,000 people homeless. More than 17,000 structures were destroyed. Today, the Chicago Fire Department training academy is located on the site of the O’Leary property where the Great Chicago Fire started. In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution exonerating Catherine O’Leary, an Irish immigrant who died in 1895, and her cow.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week please visit the National Fire Protection Association webpage at: There you will find plenty of information to make your family and home safer.

Fire Safety Videos from the National Fire Protection Association:

Know Two Ways Out

Practice Makes Perfect

Pick an Outside meeting Place

Get Outside, Stay Outside

Call Your Fire Department

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For more information about this story, or the U.S. Navy Region Northwest, please call (360) 396-1630, or visit:

Posted October 6, 2017




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