Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11.
This year’s theme is
“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”
The White Sands Missile Range Fire Department invites the public to attend a special “kick-off’ for Fire Prevention Week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Post Exchange. You are invited to have Fun! Fun! Fun! While learning about fire safety.
Fire personnel will meet and greet the public and educate the community about fire safety. Other highlights will include the Free Child Safety Seat Inspections, Blood Pressure Checks, Sparky the Fire Dog, a ladder truck, fire engines. There will also be educational material for children.
The 2014 Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”. Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-9, 1871. That blaze, which raged for several days, claimed more than 250 lives and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. Like later major fire tragedies such as the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York (145 fatalities) and the 1942 fire in Boston’s Coconut Grove nightclub, leaving 491 dead. The Chicago Fire prompted much-needed reform by focusing public
attention on fire prevention and fire safety.
In 1911, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America proclaimed the nation’s first Fire Prevention Day to promote public awareness of fire safety. Fire-awareness programs and parades were held throughout America.
In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge declared Fire Prevention Week an official national observance, and has signed a Proclamation to observe Fire Prevention Week with varying themes. That Sunday through Saturday period which contained, the Anniversary of the Chicago Fire, has been the focus of an annual fire-safety awareness campaign, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
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 2000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow – belonging to Mrs. Cathrine 0’Leary – kicked over a lamp, setting first the bam, then the whole city on fire. This cause has been legend for more than
130 years, but there is no proof.
This was one of the major fires that 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 (known today 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 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. This 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