6- 12, 2002
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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us - help you!
Each year West Milford Township
Volunteer Fire Fighters visit local elementary
schools and day care centers in recognition of
Fire Prevention Week. Local children will
bring home brochures and coloring books they
received during the presentation.
Parents are urged to reinforce the safety
lessons the children are taught during fire prevention
week - all year long.
Draw a floor plan of your
home. Mark two ways out of every room and
the location of smoke alarms.
Discuss the escape route with
every member of your household. Include
anyone's special needs in your plan
..................... and practice it!
The Great Chicago Fire
The summer of 1871 was very dry,
leaving the ground parched and the wooden city
vulnerable. On Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, just
after nine o'clock, a fire broke out in the barn
behind the home of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary at 13
DeKoven Street. How the fire started is still unknown
today, but an O'Leary cow often gets the credit.
The firefighters, exhausted from
fighting a large fire the day before, were first sent
to the wrong neighborhood. When they finally arrived
at the O'Leary's, they found the fire raging out of
control. The blaze quickly spread east and north.
Wooden houses, commercial and industrial buildings,
and private mansions were all consumed in the blaze.
After two days, rain began to fall.
On the morning of October 10, 1871, the fire died out,
leaving complete devastation in the heart of the city.
At least 300 people were dead, 100,000 people were
homeless, and $200 million worth of property was
destroyed. The entire central business district of
Chicago was leveled. The fire was one of the most
spectacular events of the nineteenth century, and it
is recognized as a major milestone in the city's
On the Great Chicago Fire's 40th anniversary, the former Fire Marshals
Association of North America (now the International Fire Marshals
Association, or IFMA) sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day,
advocating an annual observation as a way to keep the public informed
about the importance of fire prevention. In 1920, President Woodrow
Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and
since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the
Sunday-through-Saturday period in which October 9 falls. In addition,
the President of the United States has signed a proclamation pronouncing
a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
updated: Saturday, December 13, 2003 12:27 AM