Fire Prevention Week is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and occurs annually to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The historic fire killed more than 250 people, burned over 17,400 buildings, left over 100,000 people without a home, and destroyed over 2,000 acres of land. Those who survived the Great Chicago Fire were the first to advocate for fire safety in this country, an important cause to this day.
Though the urban legend we were taught in school as young children—that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a candle and started the Great Chicago fire—has largely been disproven, the history of the fire is still an important aspect of Fire Prevention Week.
The Great Chicago Fire changed the way that firefighters and elected officials addressed fires; shifting from dealing with fires after they happen to informing the public on how to prevent fires from beginning in the first place.
This year Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10. It’s a good time to make sure that all the areas in your life are safely equipped to handle an instance of fire, from your office to your home to any properties that you may manage.
Smoke alarms save lives—the presence of a working fire alarm in a home cuts the risk of dying in a fire by half. A supporting statistic cites that three out of five fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms. This means that having smoke alarms present in your home, work spaces, and schools is in the best interest of everyone in your life.
Best practices for smoke alarms are set out below:
The three primary contributors to fire injuries are smoking materials (which also contribute to the most home fire deaths), cooking utensils, and heating equipment. Most fires that started from items that create smoke begin in bedrooms or family spaces, usually by candles, an unattended fire, or by cigarettes. Fires begun with cooking utensils occurred as a result of unattended cooking is one third of fires, including those started from ranges and ovens. Fires from malfunctions in heating equipment generally resulted as a failure to clean the equipment in chimneys, space heaters, or wood stoves. A significant portion of fires from heating equipment—one half of all incidents—occur as a result of flammable items being placed too close and catching on fire.
In your home, Kauffman Co. installs residential sprinklers as well as residential fire extinguishers. These are important supplementary materials for smoke alarms. By optimizing your fire safety plan with a comprehensive fire protection plan, you increase your family’s safety in the instance of a fire.
Our team excels at commercial fire protection, providing full service installation, remodeling, and maintenance of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems. Commercial kitchens should be outfitted with a thorough suppression system, preventing fast paced environments from becoming overwhelmed by grease fires fueled by large quantities of food.
Sprinkler systems can be designed, installed, repaired, monitored, and bolstered with fire pump installation and inspection. Data centers in particular need sprinkler systems due to the nature of the heat generated from large quantities of computer systems.
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