What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week is a week set aside across the nation with events and activities that help keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. Every year, Fire Prevention Week is given a different theme to help focus fire prevention education on a current fire related issue that is affecting the nation.
The 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere." Through these three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:
- Look for places fire can start
- Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
- Learn two ways out of each room
When is Fire Prevention Week?
National Fire Prevention Week has been observed yearly since 1925 during the week in which October 9th occurs. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. This conflagration originated on the evening of October 8, 1871 near Mrs. O’Leary’s barn with a popular story blaming a cow for kicking over a lantern. However, October 9th is remembered because the fire caused the most damage and destruction to the City of Chicago and its residents on that date.