Fire Prevention Week begins October 4th
NFPA's Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday, October 4th.
"Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned" is the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2009. NFPA's annual week long awareness week focuses on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that 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.
On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Assn. of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Assn.), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.
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