By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

The National Fire Protection Association has announced the theme for its Fire Prevention Week 2018 campaign: Look. Listen. Learn. “Be aware – fire can happen anywhere,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

Through the annual campaign, set for Oct. 7-13 this year, NFPA aims to raise awareness of “three basic, but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire.”

Those steps are:

LOOK for possible fire hazards in your home and eliminate them.

LISTEN for your home’s smoke alarms. Know that you may have only minutes to get out if a fire breaks out.

LEARN two ways out of each room of your home. Exits should be easy to access and free of clutter. After leaving the home, go to your family’s designated meeting spot, established when you set up a home fire escape plan.

NFPA provides resources, including community posters, for the public to use to educate others about home fire safety. For kids, the campaign has activity pages and Simon, a character who shares messages about fire safety.