Did You Know?

Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8 -14, 2017) is the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center.

Initiated by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 1922, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire which began Oct. 8, 1871 killing more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 others homeless, destroying 17,400 structures and burning more than 2,000 acres.

For a more detailed historical perspective, check out this area of the NFPA website.