Monday, October 16, 2017
A lot of people may not know ,but not only is OCTOBER PINKTOBER but it is
also NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION MONTH. Each year, the campaign focuses on a different
aspect of safety, from preventing forest fires to planning an escape route during a blaze. While the
campaign lasts the entire month most police and fire departments designate the second week of
October as Fire Prevention Week, during which demonstrations and expos are held in different U.S.
Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),Fire Prevention Month has roots
that date back to THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and left
more than 100,000 homeless. The fire,which was reportedly started in a barn, also burned more than
2,000 acres and destroyed about 17,400 structures. The three-day fire, which started October 8,did
most of its damage on October 9,1871,which is why Fire Prevention Week is always held around that
date. The first National Fire Prevention Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson in
1922,and the week long observance is the longest running public safety and health campaign on record.