Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored Fire Prevention Week. The 2016 Fire Prevention Week is October 9 - 15, and the theme is "Don’t Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"
To encourage observance of Fire Prevention Week, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Hudgens in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal's Office sponsors activities that support fire safety and prevention. Each year a statewide poster, fire safety tips calendar poster and two fire safety essay contests are conducted for Georgia students. The poster and fire safety tips calendar contests are designed for grades K – 5; the fire safety house essay contest is designed for grades K – 3. The fire safety essay contest is geared to grades 6 – 12. Additionally, Commissioner Hudgens and the State Fire Marshal urge schools and communities to participate in the annual statewide fire drill scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. for those schools that are able to participate on this day. If inclement weather, please reschedule the drill for the following Wednesday, October 19, 2016. If your school's schedule conflicts with the dates above, please conduct your fire drill anytime during the month of October.
Fire Prevention Week observances also include the 24th Annual Life, Fire and Safety Awards Luncheon. The 2016 sponsors are, the Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, along with the Georgia Public Safety Educators Association, Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Georgia Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association, the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Georgia Fire Inspectors Association, Georgia Arson Control Program, Inc., Georgia Insurance Information Service, Georgia Propane Gas Association, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, Atlanta Apartment Association, Inc., Georgia Hospital Association, Kidde and the Georgia Power Company.
The Statewide Fire Safety Poster and Calendar Poster Contests are offered to Georgia students in grades K through 5 by using the NFPA Fire Prevention Week theme and/or the monthly fire safety tips as outlined in the Fire Safety Tips Calendar in their poster artwork. The poster should also focus on fire prevention in the home. The theme for 2016 Fire Prevention Week is ”Don’t Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” A panel of judges (chosen by the State Fire Marshal's Office) selects from each grade level, K – 5, a first, second and third place poster winner and 13 winners for the 2017 Fire Safety Tips calendar. The judges also select a first, second and third place fire safety house essay winner among grades K – 3 as a whole; and a first, second and third place fire safety essay winner from each grade level, 6 – 12.
Contact our Public Education Division at 404-657-0831 for more information.