Fire Prevention Week 2022 FB


ESSEX – In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, State Senator Patrick Joyce is encouraging families to put together a secure fire safety plan.

“It’s possible that a fire can ignite at any moment in your home,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “It is essential that all families have a strategy to keep themselves and their children safe in case of an emergency.”

The National Fire Protection Association reported that more than 38% of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.

Illinois law requires households to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one on each floor of the home. In October 2019, DCFS launched a statewide program to provide free smoke alarms to families served by the department.

“Your family’s safety is a priority. It is important all homes have working smoke alarms,” Joyce said. “Frequently check your smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning. It could save lives.”

Families served by DCFS may request smoke alarms from their caseworker or call their local field office directly to request one. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit