Fire Prevention Week

The Redmond Fire Department teams up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote a Fire Prevention Week campaign every October.

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country!

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

2023's theme is “Cooking Safety Starts With You! Pay Attention to Fire Prevention!" This year's event will be held virtually and in-person! The resources linked below can help you get educated and prepared for emergencies.

Please come visit us at our Fire Station Open House at our Fire Headquarters on Saturday, October 14th from 9 am to 1 pm to learn with us!
Redmond Fire Station 11
8450 161st Ave NE


Home Fire Escape Plan Grid

Helpful Resources:

Cooking Safety
Helpful tips on how to cook safely in your kitchen.

Electrical Cooking Appliance Safety
Do you use slow cookers, pressure cookers, or air fryers? If so, this tip sheet is for you!

Microwave Safety
Did you know that scald burns are the leading cause of injury from microwave ovens? Learn how to use this appliance safely!

Scald Prevention
Scalds and burns can happen in many different areas in your house. Learn how to avoid and treat them here.

Grilling Safety
Cookouts aren't just for the summer! Propane and charcoal barbecue grills are an excellent way to prepare food with loved ones, but require a vigilant eye.

Escape Planning
Learn how to make an escape plan in your home and practice it regularly.

Smoke Alarms
Learn about the important role smoke alarms play in fire safety, and how to ensure they're working properly!

College Campus Safety
Studying away from home? Add fire safety to your list! Learn how to stay safe on college campuses and dorms.

What if someone in my home has special needs?

There are smoke alarms and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke alarm also can be purchased and installed.

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

More information about alert devices for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Tip Sheet (PDF)

Did You Know?

  • US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires per year started by cooking activities in 2014-2018. These fires caused an average of 550 civilian deaths, 4,820 reported civilian fire injuries, and more than $1 billion in direct property damage per year.

  • In 2018, fire departments responded to an average of 470 home cooking fires per day.

  • Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.

  • Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. 

Source: NFPA's "Home Cooking Fires" Report, July 2020