Fire Prevention Week is being observed this week with departments from the area and throughout the United States offering safety tips. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
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.
The theme of the 2018 campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” It works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to the reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely if there is one.