SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15 will conclude with the borough's traditional Firemen's Inspection & Parade Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Borough Hall.

All borough fire apparatus, equipment and personnel will parade down Main Street to the Somerset County Courthouse complex following the inspection.

This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years," represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety, according to Keith Thedinga, borough Fire Marshal.

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"Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA's survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire," Thedinga said.

For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

"We're addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages," Thedinga said.

 • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

•  Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

•  To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of 
    the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week was first observed in 1922 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  

The massive fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres

The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.