October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month and October 9–15 is designated as Fire Prevention Week. 80% of fires in the United States occur in the home resulting in an average of 4000 deaths annually. In the U.S., someone dies from in a home fire roughly every 134 minutes. Roughly half of all home fire deaths resulted from fires that were reported between 10:00p.m. and 6:00a.m. But only one-quarter of home fires occur between these hours. Although children five and under make up about 9% of the country’s population, they accounted for 17% of the home fire deaths. With this in mind, the NFFD Fire Prevention Bureau will continue to provide educational information and programs designed to increase the public’s fire safety awareness.

Daniel M. Ciszek, Chief of Fire Prevention
Niagara Falls Fire Department