National Fire Prevention Week, started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire began on Oct. 8th and continues until October 9th, 1871. The cost of the great fire:
• 250 deaths
• 100,000 homeless
• 17,400 structures destroyed
• 2,000 acres burned
Contrary to the “Moo Myth“, the fire WAS NOT caused by one of Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s prize cows kicking over a lamp and setting the barn on fire. Well, experts have proven that it highly unlikely. Over the years historians and journalists have created many more theories:
• neighborhood boys sneaking cigarettes by the born.
• Mrs. O’Leary’s neighbor started the fire.
• A meteorite may have fallen to earth.
This fire (plus the fire in Peshtigo), regardless of the myths of how it started, has changes the way that fire fighters, city officials, and fire safety companies thought about fire safety. In 1920, President Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day. This week is not observed with parades or festivities but with initiatives and public discussions about the importance of fire prevention.
This year’s public education message is about testing and maintaining a working smoke alarm.
It’s Fire Prevention Week—help us sound the alarm that working smoke alarms save lives.
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