Fire Prevention Month 2023

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 8th - 14th) is to raise fire safety awareness and help protect homes and families. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by spreading fire safety awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States with help from our partners and local fire departments. This Fire Prevention Month, First Alert is also celebrating 65 years of being a trusted fire safety partner. We are dedicated to "Protecting the Moments" and encourage you to gather your family and discuss fire safety. Enjoy the moments and memories you create with your loved ones with peace of mind knowing you're protected.

The NFPA's 2023 campaign for Fire Prevention Month is "Cooking Safety Starts with You." At First Alert, we are proud to support their mission and campaign by helping to spread fire safety awareness. Learn more about kitchen fire safety and best practices.

Did You Know?

Installing reliable protection and being proactive is important to help keep your loved ones safe from a fire or carbon monoxide emergency.

  • Almost 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms (NFPA)
  • Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning in the US (CDC)
  • Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires  (NFPA)
  • A fire department responds to a fire every 23 seconds in America (NFPA)

Help Protect Your Moments

First Alert has become the most trusted brand in fire safety by providing homeowners with reliable fire and carbon monoxide safety products. We urge you to practice whole home safety, so you and your family are prepared not only during Fire Prevention Month, but throughout the entire year. Having functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home is a vital piece of fire safety month and is the first line of defense. They work around the clock to provide your family with an early alert in the event of an emergency, helping to give you time to safely escape. Smoke and CO alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as inside and outside each bedroom for whole home protection. Maintain alarms by testing them regularly, changing the batteries every 6 months and replacing alarms at least every 10 years.

Also be prepared with fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers help stop small fires from causing more damage and should be kept easily accessible on every level of the home, especially in the kitchen and garage. Ensure you know how to operate a fire extinguisher before needing to use one.

Where to Place Smoke Alarms, CO Detectors and Fire Extinguishers