Fire Prevention Week

Don't Wait Check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years Fire prevention week October 9-15, 2016

Fire Prevention Week 2016: Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Fire departments are encouraged to use the following resources to help raise public awareness during Fire Prevention Week of the importance of smoke alarms and smoke alarm maintenance.

Check the Date! Selfie Challenge

Promote a Check the Date! selfie challenge in your community. Challenge local politicians, community leaders, elementary and high school students and the whole community to take selfies of themselves or their families checking the date and testing their smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week. Then have them post their selfies on social media channels using the hashtag #checkthed8. Use the Check the Date! selfie challenge poster to promote the selfie challenge in your community.


Cut and paste the news release template into a Word document, customize it and send it to local media to promote the selfie challenge, the importance of smoke alarm maintenance and Fire Prevention Week activities in your community.

Send the print public service announcement to local newspapers and other publications to raise awareness of Fire Prevention Week safety messages.

Take the radio public service announcement script to the local radio station and ask if it can be read on-air by radio personalities or fire department representatives.

Social Media

Tweet/post links to the Fire Prevention Week tweets and infographic throughout October.