Fire Prevention

National Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (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. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

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.

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Cooking Fire Prevention

1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. 

2. Keep things that can catch fire away from the stove. 

3. Never cook when you are tired. 

4. Keep kids and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove area. 

5. To put out a pan fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the stove and let the pan cool. Do not move the pan. 

6. If you have a fire in your oven, turn off the heat. Keep the door closed until it is cool. 

7. If you have a fire that does not go out, get outside the home right away. Call 9-1-1 from outside. 

Community Risk Reduction Programs

Fire Station Tours

Smoke Detector Installation

"Sound the Alarm" Program
in partnership with the American Red Cross

Community Events

Monroe Fire Company is present at several community events throughout the year.  If you see us, stop by to say hello!

Contact the assistant chief for additional information on fire prevention and community risk reduction programs.