Category: In The News

Common Causes of Fire by Industry

Do you know the most common cause of fire in your industry?  Fire hazards are evident everywhere, but did you know that different industries have different challenges when it comes to fire hazards? Knowing the most common causes of fire in your industry can help you take action to prevent them. Here are the leading […]

Keep the Wreath Red

Keep the Wreath Red Many fire departments participate in the “Keep the Wreath Red” tradition during the holiday season. The program was launched in 1980 by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association aimed at increasing the awareness of safety while decorating your homes for the holidays. According to the NFPA, “holiday lights and other decorative lighting were […]

Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen  Food brings family and friends together, especially around the holidays. As you prepare for all your fun family festivities, it is important to keep kitchen fire safety in mind to keep you and your loved ones safe. Cooking Can Be Costly The NFPA reports that U.S. fire departments […]

Creepin’ It Real This Halloween with these Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Costumes, Pumpkins, & Fire Safety… OH MY! Halloween is a time for sweets, scares, and fun, but do you know how to stay safe? Each year on average, 780 house fires begin from Halloween decorations. More than two of every five Halloween house fires occurred because decorations were placed too close to a heat source, […]

Fire Prevention Week 2022

Fire Prevention Week 2022 On October 8th, 1871, the City of Chicago was devastated by a vicious fire that raged across the city for two days. The blaze, now known as the Great Chicago Fire, took more than 250 lives, 17,400 structures, 2,000 acres of land, and left a lasting impact across the nation. In […]

Black History Month 2022

Black History Month 2022 Black History Month is a time to recognize the accomplishments of African Americans and celebrate their central role in U.S. history. This month we are recognizing Thomas J. Martin who saved the lives of many with his improved fire extinguisher. Martin’s fire extinguisher is attached to a reservoir of stored water. […]

2021 Fire Prevention Week

2021 Fire Prevention Week On October 8th, 1871 the city of Chicago was devastated by a vicious fire that raged across the city for two days. The blaze, now known as the Great Chicago Fire, took more than 250 lives, 17,400 structures, 2,000 acres of land, and left a lasting impact across the nation. In 1925 President Calvin Coolidge responded by declaring Fire Prevention Week […]

Construction Safety Week 2021

Be Present, Be Focused, Be Safe Construction Safety week is dedicated to teaching employees to prioritize physical and psychological safety while on and off the job. Each year it is important to refocus and re-energize safety efforts and remind ourselves how to stay safe. Usually, what comes to mind about safety in the construction industry […]

Recent Municipality Fire Code Changes

MUNICIPALITIES’ FIRE CODES ARE CHANGING. IS YOURS ONE OF THEM? USAFP CAN HELP YOU STAY UP TO DATE Many municipalities across Illinois have updated or adopted a new fire code. More than 100 municipalities across Northeast Illinois require fire sprinklers in residential homes, with a few new additions this year. How does a fire protection […]

The Great American Smoke Out

The Great American Smoke Out The Great American Smoke Out is an annual event encouraging smokers to learn ways to quit. USAFP fully supports the mission with wellness initiatives including our Tobacco-Free Facility Policy. This policy requires employees to refrain from using all tobacco products on company grounds, job sites, and company vehicles. Smoking is […]