Fall is officially here and that means that homeowners will once again begin to use their fireplaces and stoves. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, we know that starting that first fire of the year can be exciting, however, there are some safety considerations that need to be taken into account beforehand. Because many people will soon be lighting their fireplaces for the first time this year, now is the perfect time to talk about fire safety. That’s why every year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week serves as a reminder to homeowners that preventative fire safety measures need to be taken in your home and helps homeowners prepare in case there is a fire in their home. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, the safety of our customers is our top priority. That’s why we want to make you aware of National Fire Prevention Week and help you understand what it’s all about.
What is National Fire Prevention Week?
National Fire Prevention Week was first sponsored by the NFPA in 1922 to commemorate lives lost in the Great Chicago fire of 1871. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed that the first National Fire Prevention Week to be held annually on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. Today, Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running national health observance. This year, Fire Prevention Week recently took place from October 6 – October 12 with the theme “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” emphasizing planning and practicing a safe route out of your home in case of a fire.
National Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to make sure that your chimney system is ready to operate safely this winter. The best way to do this is to have your chimney inspected annually by a chimney sweep that has been certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). A CSIA certified chimney technician will be able to make sure that your chimney is clean and safe to operate for the next year.
National Fire Prevention Week is also a great time to make sure your home and your family are ready in case of a fire. Bring your entire family together and make sure everyone knows the rules for operating and being around the fireplace, stove, and heaters, emphasizing safety. Also, check to make sure that all of your smoke detectors are working and change batteries if needed. Finally, make sure everyone in the family knows two escape routes from your home in case of a fire and practice using these routes from frequently used rooms in your home such as bedrooms and family rooms. When it comes to fire safety, it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
If you have any other questions regarding fire safety in your home, we are happy to have one of our CSIA certified staff members assist you. You can reach Northeastern Masonry and Chimney at 518-767-9315 or contact us online with any questions you might have. We look forward to keeping you and your family safe this year.