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September 21, 2018
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Don Schwartz
Oct. 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week in 2018
September 14, 2018

Through three simple calls-to-action, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere”, the theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:

Look for places fire can start

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm

Learn two ways out of each room

As we learned last October, wildfires can erupt with little warning and travel quickly. We were well prepared, as we had good “defensible space” in place to protect the city. Again this season, we have performed weed abatement in the undeveloped properties to continue this program.

As a result of the wildfires last year, Rohnert Park has developed a city-specific disaster preparedness program named “Rohnert Park Ready and Resilient”. It’s a simple two- hour presentation provided by the Public Safety Department. It comes with a reference manual and best of all, it’s free! Contact the Fire Prevention Division at (707)584-2641 for details.

We also encourage the use of “Nixle Alerts”. You can sign up for these by texting your zip code to 888777 or go to nixle.com on your computer.

Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA) sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. In May of 1919, when the NFPA (National Fire Protection Administration) held its 23rd annual meeting in Ottawa at the invitation of the Dominion Fire Prevention Association (DFPA), the NFPA and DFPA both passed resolutions urging governments in the United States and Canada to support the campaign for a common Fire Prevention Day. This was expanded to Fire Prevention Week in 1922. The non-profit NFPA, which has officially sponsored Fire Prevention Week since its inception, selects the annual theme for Fire Prevention Week.

Be safe-every week.