October Is Fire Prevention Month

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in 2009. Is your family prepared for a fire emergency? October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to examine your preparedness. Do you have a home fire escape plan? Have you changed smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you know the main reasons for fires starting in the home? Get more information on Fire Prevention Month and Week at the NFPA’s website.

The recent wildfires in the South serve as a reminder that BSA units play a vital role in fire prevention and awareness. This month is ideal for units to look over what they would do at a campout in the event of a wildfire and how they would prevent a fire from occurring. If you have a fire extinguisher in your quartermaster’s equipment, when was the last time you inspected it? Great tips on preventing wildfires are a click away from Smokey the Bear’s website.

Want to inspect your meeting place? The appendix of the Guide to Safe Scouting features this checklist.