“It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” is the theme of this year's 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 first Fire Prevention Day proclamation was issued by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920 and four more ensued through 1924. Then in 1925, in the first year of his second term, President Calvin Coolidge issued the first Fire Prevention Week proclamation.
Fire Prevention Week is a good opportunity for families to discuss fire prevention and fire safety plans.
In addition, on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, United States flags should be flown half staff in honor of the National Firefighters Memorial Service. You can read President Obama's declaration here.
Protect yourself and your loved ones. In addition, please take this opportunity thank our firefighters for their service and professionalism.