Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials urge residents to learn more about potential home fire dangers, as they join fire service members across the country in support of National Fire Prevention Week (October 7th – 13th). 

This year’s theme, developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is “Look. Listen. Learn.  Be Aware.  Fire Can Happen Anywhere.”

Visit the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website to find safety tip sheets designed to protect your family; videos, games, and apps promoting fire safety; Fire Prevention Week background and history; and much more.

“Awareness is the key to minimizing the risk of fire-related injury or property damage,” BCFPD Fire Chief James Kreher explained.  “We are proud to partner with the NFPA to observe National Fire Week and encourage our residents to review the wealth of fire safety material available on its website.”


  • Cooking, heating, and electrical equipment are the top three causes of home fires in the U.S. every year.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home fire structures per year. These fires caused 12,300 civilian injuries, 2,510 civilian deaths, and $6.7 billion in direct damage.
  • 60% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
  • Home fires burn much faster and hotter than in the past, due to the types of materials used today to build furniture and residential structures.

For more information on fire safety and National Fire Prevention Week, contact the BCFPD at 224-848-4800 or visit the Department’s Facebook page.

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