WHAT: The Philadelphia Fire Department is holding multiple events to draw attention to National Fire Prevention Week.

WHEN: All events take place Tuesday, Oct. 5

  • SEPTA Safety Posters
    • 10 a.m. Engine 8 station, 4th & Arch.
    • PFD & SEPTA will unveil the latest fire safety posters to be placed in 2,000 transit vehicles.
  • Fire Prevention Week Proclamation, Grant Announcement, and Firefighter/EMS Providers of the Year
    • 11 a.m. Fireman’s Hall Museum, 147 N. 2nd St.
    • Mayor Jim Kenney will present a proclamation declaring Oct. 3-9 to be Fire Prevention Week in Philadelphia
    • Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel will announce a significant related federal grant.
    • The Firefighter and EMS Providers of the Year will be honored for life-saving actions.
  • Citywide Fire Drill
    • 6 p.m., 12526 Richton Road.
    • PFD will stage a mock response to a house “fire” as the home’s occupants use their home escape plan to evacuate.
    • 7:30 p.m. Residents citywide should practice their own home escape plans.

The PFD urges Philadelphians to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can save lives … but only if you heed their warnings! If you hear a beep or a chirp, it’s time to take action. Learn more on our website.

National Fire Prevention Week is tied to the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which broke out on Oct. 8, 1871. It killed about 300 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, and destroying more than 17,000 buildings.