Fire Prevention Month
Traditionally, October is National Fire Prevention Month, with many departments across the country designating one week during the month as Fire Prevention Week. Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Month has roots that date back to The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 homeless. This year, National Fire Prevention Week will be observed from Sunday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 11. The focus of the week (and the month) is to promote fire safety and prevention. However, everyone should practice fire safety throughout the year. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home.
I encourage you to take a few moments this month to go over basic fire safety tips such as:
- Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside of every sleep area and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
- Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
- Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
- Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys and should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.
Oct. 4 - 5 -- Best of
The Best of Missouri
Market & More will take place this weekend at the Missouri
Oct. 4 -- Yard Sale, Corner of Switzer and Goodfellow,
Everyone is invited to stop by the Yard Sale this Saturday from to at 6050 Goodfellow (at Switzer). The event is being sponsored by the NOM Victim Support Group and will help raise money for residents in North Pointe and Walnut Park that are victims of crimes. Need more information? Call (314) 382-2122.
Oct. 4 - Grove Fest
Everyone is invited to stop by Grove Fest this Saturday from
Oct. 4 & 5 --
Historic Shaw Art Fair,
Located on the beautiful tree lined parkway of
Oct. 4 -- Taste of Benton Park Festival, Arsenal and South Jefferson,
The Taste of Benton Park Festival will take place this
Saturday from to in Benton
Oct. 5 -- Remembering
The Missouri History
Museum will honor the works of literary
legend and St. Louisan Maya Angelou this Sunday, at in the Lee Auditorium at the Museum,
Oct. 5 -- First Annual Chain of Rocks Community Association Oktoberfest, North Riverfront Park,
The Chain of Rocks Community Association (CoRCA) will hold
an Oktoberfest & Classic Car Cruise
this Sunday from until at the lake in North
Oct. 5 -- Polish Heritage Month Celebration, PNA Sports Club,
Heritage Month this Sunday from
to at PNA Sports Club,
Save the Date
Oct. 10 –12 –Soulard Oktoberfest, Third Street & Lafayette,
Oct. 12 -- The Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race, Soldiers' Memorial Park,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events