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Mayor Evalyn Moore Proclaimed October 2019 Fire Prevention Month throughout the City.

Fire Prevention Month 2019 Proclamation



                 2019 Fireworks Safety For The New Year-

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. Each New Year's Eve, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks-devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death.

Fireworks by the numbers:
-Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

-In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries.


People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:
-Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
-Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. 
-Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
-Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. 
-Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
-Never point or throw fireworks at another person. 
-Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in a metal or glass container.
-After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire. 
-Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol. 
-Most importantly, make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. It is illegal to sell, own, or have in your possession any fireworks within the city limits of Richmond. 


Fun fact: Have you ever wondered just how hot a sparkler burns? Here's a few items for comparison: water boils at 212°F, cakes bake at 350°F, wood burns at 575°F, glass melts at 900°F, and sparklers burn at 1200°F!


The Richmond Fire Department is dedicated to teaching the community how to take steps to prevent tragedies and to educate individuals on how to survive an unfortunate incident.

For fire prevention materials, tips, and safety information visit the following page:

NFPA Safety Information

Fire Prevention Week 2018 logo-Look Listen Learn

2018 Campaign

This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Also, Sparky the Fire Dog® has a new friend, Simon, who is helping teach this year’s FPW messages – He’s a smart, resourceful character who will join Sparky in spreading fire-safety messages to adults and children alike.

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.



Fire Safety for Kids

The Richmond Fire Department also provides educational information in Fire Safety, Water Safety, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, and Natural Gas Safety. For more information on these subject, please use the links to the left.

A Fire Safety Class or Station Tour is also offered to the community through elementary schools, organizations, and events. To schedule a Fire Safety Class or Tour, contact Dawn Engeling at (281) 238-1210 with the following information:

  • Type of class you are looking for
  • Date and time of the class/tour
  • Location of the class
  • Number and ages of students/attendees
  • Name and phone number for a contact person hosting the class/tour
  • Organization/Event name