October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 9th – 15th) is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure your home and family is protected. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising fire safety awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States. During this month, fire departments provide education to their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire prevention and whole home safety.

The NFPA’s 2022 campaign for Fire Safety Month is “Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape.” At Hardman’s, we are proud to support their mission and this year’s theme. This year, Hardman’s is urging families to protect your whole home with “Safety You Can Trust.” Help protect and keep your home safe by installing smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, as well as having fire extinguishers at home. Hardman’s is dedicated to helping you protect what matters most, because a home emergency can happen at any time.

Did You Know?

Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to educate and talk with your whole family about fire safety – including testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher and escape route planning.

  • 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires with no working smoke alarms
  • Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan*
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning in the US
  • 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly*
  • Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
  • Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires

Help Protect Your Whole Home

At Hardman’s, we urge you to practice whole home safety, so you and your family are prepared not only during Fire Prevention Week, but throughout the entire year. Having functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home is the first line of defense for fire prevention. They work around the clock to provide your family an early alert in the event of an emergency, helping to provide you time to safely escape. Smoke and CO alarms should be placed on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as inside and outside each bedroom to keep your home and family safe. Fire extinguishers should also be placed on every level of the home, especially in the kitchen and garage.