National Fire Prevention Week - October 4-10, 2009
Fire Prevention Week was begun to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed over 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed over 17,000 structures. In 1911, the Fire Marshals Association of North America felt the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed in a way that would keep the public aware of the importance of fire prevention. President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920 and every year since 1925, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance of National Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Prevention Week 2009 focuses on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires. This year's theme is Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned.
Check out the following sites to learn more about fire prevention and how to stay fire safe: