Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2022 highlights the Theme, "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape."


Fire Prevention Week 2022:

On this Fire Prevention Week 2022, October 9-15, the national theme is "Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”

Join the men and women of Cambridge Fire and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW). This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Exit Plan

It is important for everyone to plan and practice your home fire escape plan. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.

Always have an emergency exit plan for everyone in the home, and an alternate plan. When you exit, shut the door behind you to slow down the spread of smoke into hallways and stairways. This Fire Prevention Week, Oct 9 thru Oct 15, is a good time to review your emergency exit plan with your family and guests. Include people with limited mobility. Include the pets too.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. (Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.)

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.

For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Additional Fire Safety Information:

As always, for a fire or emergency, Call 911.

Fire Prevention Week 2022