October 4-10, 2020
The Harrisonburg Fire Department is proud to participate in Fire Prevention Week each year.
For the last thirty years, we have set up a large display at the Valley Mall. However, in light of COVID-19, we’ve decided to set up some safe, socially distanced fire safety displays and activities for families at Fire Station 1 (80 Maryland Avenue). We know that during these unprecedented times it is good to have fun, safe outlets for families. We recommend if you are interested in visiting, to schedule a private tour for you and your family. Please contact Erin Stehle at 540-432-7703 to schedule or if you have any questions. Otherwise, the displays will be open to the public October 5-9 from 4pm-7pm. Masks are required!
About Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic October 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan.