This week is National Fire Prevention Week. Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the fire that began on October 8 and continued to do damage until October 9, killing 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, and destroying more than 17,000 structures. On the anniversary of this tragic event, it's important not only to reflect on what was lost all those years ago, but to focus on the significance of fire safety and prevention for us all today.
This year's National Fire Prevention Week theme, "Have 2 Ways Out!", centers on fire escape planning and practice, an essential part of surviving a fire. When a crisis situation occurs, every second is critical in saving lives. Effective path marking systems are the lifelines that guide people to safety. At Clarion Safety Systems, we're proud to have a longstanding involvement in efforts to create safer buildings. Our expertise includes the field of fire and evacuation safety marking systems that aim to reduce risk and protect people. In fact, Clarion's CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, chaired the post-9/11 NYC expert taskforce that helped code officials to write the specifications for the city's new skyscraper evacuation markings. Both the NFPA and IBC have adopted these systems into their building codes, and state by state adoption of the new code requirements is expected in the coming years – all so people are better able to find their way to safety in times of crisis.
When it comes to the safety of your own buildings, how can you be prepared for fires and escape planning? Clear communication is key. Clarion has an extensive catalog of fire safety signs that fulfill industry and building code requirements that identify the location of lifesaving fire and safety equipment, reinforce emergency procedures, and guide fire intervention forces when they arrive on the scene. Browse our online safety sign catalog of Safety/Fire Equipment Signs (including AED, fire extinguisher, and fire safety signs) and Egress and Exit Signs (including exit signs, egress path marking systems, and escape plan signs). As always, our experts are standing by – only a phone call, e-mail or live chat away to answer any questions you may have.
To learn more about Fire Safety Week and fire safety prevention information, visit the NFPA's website.