Fire Prevention Week

Fire prevention week is held every year during the week of October 9th. According to legend, Fire prevention week began due to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which was caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow who kicked over a lamp starting the Great Chicago Fire that lasted over 27 hours, killing 300 people, and leaving 100,000 people homeless. The First Fire Prevention Day was held in 1911 on the 40th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and was later adopted into the Nation Fire Prevention week in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge and was sponsored by the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA) which yearned to educate those about the importance of fire safety and prevention. Fire Prevention Day has been educating those of the United States for the past 86 years, to help Americans prepare themselves in case of fires whether it be electrical, kitchen or even wildfires. Prevention and knowledge are key to staying safe.

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