Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire and to educate everyone about the importance of Fire Prevention. The Industrial Fire Protection Section(IFPS) Fire Prevention Week(FPW) award recognizes an IFPS member that uses the theme of FPW and educates their employees and involves the community in getting the word out about Fire Prevention. Applicants are judged on 4 different areas:
- Employee education
- Local outreach
- Promotional usage
For 2014, we had a number of strong admissions but 3 submissions stood out among the rest. One company edged out the other two and won 1st prize. Here’s a quick summary of what McKee Foods and our other winners did to promote Fire Prevention Week:
McKee Foods educated over 6,000 employees using a combination of media including in-house newsletters and airing spots on their closed circuit TV system. They also partnered with the Tri-State Mutual Aid association to deliver McKee Foods Products and home escape plans-----distributing over 50,000 cookies and 60,000 escape plans through 40 regionally located fire departments.
CVS Health-Honorable Mention
CVS donated 500 smoke alarms at 5 retail stores in New York City to draw attention to Fire Prevention Week. They also set up an information kiosk in each store, handing out FPW brochures, playing a Sparky the Fire Dog Video and answering questions from more than 56,000 customers that visited those stores during Fire Prevention Week.
Draper Inc.-Honorable Mention
Draper Inc., headquartered in Spiceland, IN donated smoke detectors for low income housing in their area, organized fire extinguisher training for employees and worked with their local fire department to create a fire prevention awareness day at their local elementary school. One of Draper’s employees is a volunteer firefighter with access to the local fire department’s equipment so the kids got to learn about fire safety first hand by using hoses and navigating through a smoke room.
This year’s FPW theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” We will send out entry information to all section members via e-mail and regular mail in August. The deadline for entries is December 15, 2015. We highly recommend you work with your Communications or Public Relations teams to organize a Fire Prevention Week program in October at your organization. If you start planning now, you can have a great program put together for October. For more information, contact Sean Ryan, IFPS Executive Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org