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Fire Prevention Week 



Fire Prevention Week

October 6- 12, 2002 


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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 history.

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.

 Last updated: Saturday, December 13, 2003 12:27 AM

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10 tips for Fire Safety

Crawl low under smoke to your exit.  

Plan your escape.

Install smoke alarms.

Be careful with smoking   materials.

Install an automatic home fire sprinkler system.

Use electricity safely.

Cook safely.

Space heaters need space.

Keep matches and lighters out of sight.

Stop, drop and roll if your  clothes catch fire.





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