It might seem hard to believe, but Fire Prevention Week has been going on for over 90 years! It was started in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire which occurred back in 1871. This tragic fire killed scores of people and left about 100,000 people without homes.
Fire Prevention Week is the oldest, continuously observed public safety awareness campaign in the U.S. It takes place every year during the week in which October 9th falls – the date the Great Chicago Fire occurred.
Today, Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, focuses on disseminating information about important fire safety topics to children and their families. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. We encourage you to click here to visit the Fire Prevention Week website and review information about this year’s program as well many other topics on fire safety and prevention they make available on their site.