Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. The theme for fire prevention is “Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!” With more and more parents and their children at quarantining at home this is an especially important topic. While were at it did you know that every school year schools are required to have mandatory fire drills. Since many schools and students have switched remote learning have you had a fire drill in your home lately? Fire Prevention week should be observed every week.