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The FDNY Foundation is proud to join the FDNY in wrapping up another successful Fire Prevention Week in New York City.

National Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 9 – 15. This year’s campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

The primary message is to make sure to know how old the smoke alarms are in your home and to replace them if needed. A smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years.

The FDNY Foundation funded a number of fire safety programs throughout the city, and joined the FDNY to host the annual FDNY Fire Safety Day at Rockefeller Center, during which hundreds of school children from all five boroughs were sworn-in as Junior Firefighters and EMTs.

“Each year, we come here to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week and to teach hundreds of young boys and girls from all five boroughs about the dangers of fire and how they can be fire safe,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, speaking at the event. “This is always my favorite event during this important week because we have the opportunity to welcome so many children, teachers and parents and to directly impact so many lives. Teaching fire and life safety is one of the most important functions of our Department, and though today is a fun time for everyone here, this task is one we take very seriously.”

The event was a part of the weeklong celebration of National Fire Prevention Week. Children also had the opportunity to learn critical fire safety lessons from members of the Foundation-funded Fire Safety Education Unit, as well as to interact with members of the FDNY and FDNY apparatus.

“These messages of fire and life safety are helping to save lives,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “We know they are doing this because these young people are taking the messages home with them and teaching their families how to prevent fires, reduce fire deaths and prevent emergencies all across our city.”

The FDNY Foundation funds FDNY fire and life safety programs all year long. For more information about the FDNY’s educational initiatives, visit FDNY Smart.

For more photos from FDNY Fire Safety Day at Rockefeller Center, click here.

"Each year, we come here to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week and to teach hundreds of young boys and girls from all five boroughs about the dangers of fire and how they can be fire safe. This is always my favorite event during this important week because we have the opportunity to welcome so many children, teachers and parents and to directly impact so many lives. Teaching fire and life safety is one of the most important functions of our Department, and though today is a fun time for everyone here, this task is one we take very seriously."

Daniel Nigro, Fire Commissioner