By, Heather Warner
Fire Prevention week kicked off October 6th and runs through the 12th. This year the National Fire Protection Association is focusing on preventing kitchen fires, as well as educating everyone on how to prepare their family in the event a fire breaks out.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. It broke out on October 8th, but continued into, and did most of its damage on October 9th, 1871.
Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they’d been through, but it also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association,) decided that the anniversary should be observed in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.
To read more about the history, and to see a checklist all families should see, click here.