Over 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States last year. Fires have a significant impact on children, parents and child care providers. On average, every day 293 children are injured and at least one child dies from fire. Each year approximately 325 fires occur in child care centers. As we focus on fire prevention in October, we begin with one simple question – are you prepared?
In 2015, fires caused 3,280 deaths, nearly 16,000 injuries and over $14 billion in property damage. More than half of child fire deaths are children age 4 or younger, stressing the importance of child care providers and parents to be prepared.
Fire Safety Week occurs each year in October. It reminds of of the importance of preventing fires and being prepared. Fire Safety Week occurs each year on and around October 8th and 9th. This is not an accident, it was on October 8, 1871 when the Great Chicago Fire began, with most of the damage occurring on October 9, 1871. More than 100,000 people were left homeless after the blaze. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 9 -15.
Check with your local licensing authority as to their specific requirements around fire safety.