As the temperatures cool down and the holidays draw closer, the risk of home fires is on the rise. With that in mind, this is National Fire Prevention Week. The National Fire Protection Association is spreading the word about fire safety this year with the theme “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape.”

The group says everyday people who motivate their households to be prepared for a home fire can have a life-saving impact.

Fire Prevention Week was started back in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. It was created to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which killed about 300 people and destroyed over three miles of the city, leaving 100,000 residents homeless. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been a international sponsor of the week since its creation.

The NFPA warns citizens that in a typical house fire, residents may have as little as one or two minutes to safely escape once their smoke alarm sounds. Having a escape plan can help you make the most of the time you have.  You are encouraged to come up with an escape plan and make sure your smoke detectors are working in your home during this National Fire Prevention Week.