Safety Corner Blog

October Highlights Fire Safety, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness; Safety Culture & Breast Cancer Awareness

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the current, pertinent safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers across Wisconsin.

National Fire Prevention Month

October is the National Fire Prevention Week/Month! Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has designated the second week of October as the public observance of Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Check in with your local Fire Department and Fire safety emergency response organizations for ongoing activities throughout Fire Safety Week/Month for your organization and home safety. Also, visit the NFPA website for additional fire safety ideas and resources. 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.

Coincidently, Northeast Wisconsinites will recall that October 8, 1871 is also the date of the massive Peshtigo fire. On the night of October 8 through October 9, 1871, fueled by extreme drought and high winds, this horrific conflagration destroyed a swath of forest 10 miles wide and 40 miles long, obliterating the towns of Peshtigo and Brussels, killing about 1,500 people in just two hours. Read more about the great Peshtigo fire on the Wisconsin Historical Society website.

During October, many communities, private employers, schools, and other organizations take part in a month-long exercise of fire safety planning and education, including reviewing and practicing emergency evacuation plans. October is also a great time for you to look at and practice your home fire safety evacuation and "head count" assembly plans, especially if you have children.

Additional October activities of interest include:

As a "look ahead" preview, stay tuned for autumn safety tips later this month.

Have a Safe Day, Always!!

Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager

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    Dave brings over 40 years of professional safety and health (EHS) consulting and managerial experience to his role as Safety & Risk Manager for DWD's Worker's Compensation Division. He presents at a variety of association/industry trade group safety and risk management training events. Full bio for Dave Leix.


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