From the September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®
By Judy Comoletti
In a fire, people with developmental disabilities or cognitive deficits may not be able to take life-saving actions. They may wait for verbal instructions on whether to escape, decide to stay inside until rescuers arrive, or run back into a burning building to seek shelter where they feel safe.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) in the United States since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, that makes Fire Prevention Week the nation’s longest-running public health and safety observance. What began as a one-day observance in October has expanded to a week, which remains its official duration. Yet many fire departments across the country celebrate it throughout the month of October. However we recognize it, FPW has established a track record of which we can all be justifiably proud.