MADISON–Department of Commerce (Commerce) Secretary Mary P. Burke announced today that National Fire Prevention Week will be held from October 7-13, 2007. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging the public to focus on developing and practicing a home fire escape plan during this year’s observation.


“Commerce is pleased to partner with the NFPA in encouraging everyone to recognize National Fire Prevention Week by following appropriate fire safety precautions,” Burke said. “I would also like to take this occasion to commend our state’s firefighters for their courage and dedication to duty.”

Practice Your Escape Plan!” is the theme of Fire Prevention Week 2007. It’s not enough to have a home fire escape plan.  To escape safely, residents must make sure that everyone in the home has practiced the plan.

According to an NFPA poll, the majority of Americans have a fire escape plan, but most haven’t practiced it.  From October 7-13, fire safety advocates will be spreading the word that when it comes to escape plans, practice is key. More tips are available at

The NFPA has sponsored National Fire Prevention Week for more than 80 years.