Did you know Fire Prevention Week is observed every year the week of Oct. 9? President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance in 1925, making it the longest-running public health observance in the United States.

Commemorating the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, Fire Prevention Week gives members of the community an opportunity to learn and focus on fire safety and prevention.

This year’s campaign is “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention”.  Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. Click the link to view and download some tips regarding cooking safety and what you can do in your kitchen to reduce the outcome of a fire: NFPA Cooking Safety Tips PDF

Berkeley Lab’s Fire Prevention Team will be at the finish line of the annual Lab Runaround on Oct. 13. Come by the booth to say hello and learn more about fire safety and what you can do in your home and workplace to be fire ready.