Facts About Fire Prevention:
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, that began on October 8, 1871 but continued through and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. More than 250 people lost their lives, over 100,000 were left homeless, more than 17,400 structures were destroyed and it burned over 2,000 acres.
Legend is the fire broke out after a cow belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary kicked over a lamp setting a barn on fire which in turn set the entire fire in motion.
On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America which today is known as the International Fire Marshals Association decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should 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.
Each week since 1927 there has been a new theme.
The theme for 2015 is:
Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP
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