Fires to be Set Throughout Chicagoland for Fire Prevention Week

During Fire Prevention Week, which extends from October 5-11, several Chicagoland fire departments are stepping up their education efforts with live fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations that will be open to the public.

The demonstrations will showcase the tremendous speed of typical home fires and their potential for deadly destruction in relation to a typical fire department response timeline. More importantly, they will illustrate the vital importance of home fire sprinkler technology that can save lives, reduce property damage and protect firefighters. Fire officials will also discuss the importance of prevention, detection, suppression, and escape planning and practice.

The following fire departments will be hosting demonstrations during Fire Prevention Week/Month:

  • Sat., Oct. 4: Clarendon Hills, Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District, Des Plaines, Long Grove Fire Protection District, Orland Fire Protection District, Palatine, Streamwood, Westmont
  • Sun., Oct. 5: Homewood, Westchester
  • Mon., Oct. 6: Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills), Western Springs
  • Wed., Oct. 8: Downers Grove
  • Sat., Oct. 11: Alsip, Hinsdale, La Grange Park, Plainfield Fire Protection District, Phoenix, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville
  • Tues., Oct. 14: Cary Fire Protection District
  • Sat., Oct. 25: Bartlett Fire Protection District
  • Wed., Oct. 29: Hampshire Fire Protection District

“Fire Prevention Week is a great annual platform to promote home fire sprinklers and explain the lifesaving benefits they provide to homeowners, but these fire departments and many others in Illinois understand that home fire sprinkler education needs to be ongoing,” says Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB).

“Many of these fire departments work year-round to conduct fire sprinkler demonstrations and dispel home fire sprinkler myths,” adds Lia. “Although Hollywood movies would have you think otherwise, fire sprinklers are not activated by smoke nor do they all activate at once. Each sprinkler is individually activated by the heat from a fire, providing a safe path for residents to escape.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is an approximately 80% percent reduction in fire deaths when both fire sprinklers and smoke alarms are present in homes. That is why nearly 100 municipalities and fire protection districts in Illinois have adopted ordinances or codes that require fire sprinklers in new construction homes. The most recent jurisdiction to pass a home fire sprinkler requirement was Westmont on October 2

For additional details about the upcoming demonstrations, please contact NIFSAB at (708) 878-8685 or (708) 403-4468.

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