THIS WEEK! Fire Prevention Week
With over 90 years of history, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running national health and public safely observance. What started as a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire 1871, has become a week dedicated to educating and preventing fires and the injury, death and destruction they produce.
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week in 1925. As part of his proclamation that day, he cited that fires the previous year were responsible for the loss of 15,000 lives and over 500 million dollars in damages. His determined response remains the focus of the National Fire Prevention Association as they sponsor this important week each year.
“This vast waste is incurred under conditions which cannot fail to arouse a sense of horror and shame, for our experience indicates a major portion of it is preventable. “
The number of deaths due to fire has been drastically reduced over the past 9 decades; however, the number of unnecessary deaths is still staggering. In the United States, an average of 7 people, per day, die in-home fires. Many of which could have been prevented.
As we provide information and tips to you this week, we hope that you will take a little time to inspect your home and office for potential fire hazards. Most are very easy and inexpensive to correct.
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Have a safe and happy week!
Sources for this blog and more information on Fire Safety: National Fire Prevention Association: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week; Fire Files Digital Library: http://fire.omeka.net/items/show/596