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Fire Prevention Week 2023

This year’s Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW™) campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™,” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.

Cooking Safety

Did you know? Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.

What can you do? The good news is you can prevent most cooking fires and burns. Help keep your family safer with some simple but effective tips.


Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.

For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.


Fire Safety Fest 2023

In celebration of Fire Prevention Week 2023, NCFD is preparing a safety event, Fire Safety Fest 2023. Our annual event will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10 am to 2 pm at the North Charleston Fire Museum (4975 Centre Point Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418).

We are inviting our community to enjoy apparatus displays from multiple agencies, a children’s section, educational booths, live demonstrations, free admission to the fire museum, food trucks, and great entertainment!

Fire Safety Fest Event Link

(All enquirers, please contact Fire Safety Coordinator/Captain Laura Kondor at 843-740-2647 or [email protected])

Helpful Links


NCFD Bitmoji Classroom

Explore the world of fire safety via our Bitmoji Classroom on Google Slides.  Each slide is designed for certain grade levels.

About Fire Prevention Week

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. 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.