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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Fire Safety and National Fire Prevention Week with Santa Rosa Fire Department

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Happy National Fire Prevention Week!  

In collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Santa Rosa Fire Department, along with other allied fire agencies, will be helping to educate the public about fire and life safety in line with the 2023 campaign “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.” Kitchen fire safety is of paramount importance, as kitchen fires pose a significant threat to both property and lives. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Read or review our latest Newsflash article on the topic click here: Fire Prevention 101: Fire Safety in the Kitchen 

About National Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest running public health observance in our country. It is the Santa Rosa Fire Department’s goal to provide lifesaving public education to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires in the City and participate every year in National Fire Prevention Week. 

Fire prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.  

2023 Coloring Contest

As part of the campaign to increase public awareness, the Santa Rosa Fire Department is once again hosting its annual Fire Safety Picture Contest for 3rd grade students in the City of Santa Rosa and will be reaching out to schools this week. Each 3rd grade student will be invited to draw a picture highlighting critical fire safety in their home kitchen. One 3rd grader from each participating Santa Rosa City School will be chosen as a winner. Once winners are announced the following Fire Chief for a Day activities will occur: a special tour of the fire station and an honorary Fire Chief Badge, helmet, backpack, and lunch with fire fighters.  

For more information about the NFPA and National Fire Prevention week, including educational materials in English/Spanish, and activities for the whole family, please visit the NFPA Website 

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