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History of Fire Prevention Week:
- 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.
- The fire also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), 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. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.
- 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. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
Fire Prevention Week 2015:
- Fire Prevention Week 2015:
- Theme is “Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”
- The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
- Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
- Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke, alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
For more information on Fire Prevention Week, go to NFPA.org
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week/about-fire-prevention-week and http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week or contact Heather Gilmore at email@example.com or 321-567-3800.