About Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to The National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center.
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922, when the commemoration began
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4 - 10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8, 1871, and did most of it damage October 9.
The horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
Fire Prevention Week Themes:
2014 Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month
2015 Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm
2016 Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
2017 Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out
2018 Look, Listen, Learn. Be aware. Fire Can happen anywhere
2019 "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape!"