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Fire Prevention Day When: Always on October 9th. Fire prevention week is during the week in which October 9th falls.

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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Fire Prevention Day

When: Always on October 9th. Fire prevention week is during the week in which  October 9th falls.

According to legend, on October 8, 1871, Mrs. O'Leary was in her barn, milking her cow. The cow kicked over a lamp, which started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire burned for over 27 hours. When it was over,  more than 300 people were killed, 100,000 people were left homeless, and over 17,000 structures were destroyed.

The Great Chicago fire sparked major efforts in fire prevention.  Forty years later, the Fire Marshall's Association of North America(FMANA) held the first Fire Prevention Day. In 1920 , President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Fire Prevention Week.

The Saturday during Fire Prevention Week is Fire Service Recognition Day.

Did You Know? Dalmatians became fire dogs because they were often kept around the horses at fire houses to guard them.

Remember "EDITH", which stand for "Exit Drills In The Home". Today is a good day to have a practice drill.


More Information:

History of Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week

by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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TheBabyFactory4
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM
My kids take field trips to the fire station during this week.
specialwingz
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I remember back when I was in school, they would always have an assembly about fire awareness.  We were the "red ball" era.  That's when they introduced the red ball program.  They would give each child a red round sticker to stick in their bedroom window.  It was to indicate how many children were in each room in the event they had to come put out a fire.  Then, in my kids' school days, they started the pet advisory program.  This was a dog or cat sticker that went on the window to indicate how many pets were in the household.

I have no clue what they do now.

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