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Fire Prevention Week

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fireFire Prevention Week will be held October 8 - 14 this year. Its purpose is to educate children and the general public about fire prevention. Each year a different fire safety topic is chosen by NFPA. This year, the focus is on two ways out. Did you know that many people don't practice their home escape plans? When there is a fire, you have to move fast. You need to have two ways out of every room. Click here to check out our Home Safety page.

We will hold our annual Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our headquarter's station located at 701 Vine St in Kelso. We will have hot dogs and beverages for everyone to enjoy along with numerous activities and giveaways at every booth. Cotton candy too! There will be an inflateable bounce house and local pirates will be applying temporary tattoos We will have an extrication demonstartion at 12:00 p.m.  Lots of educational fun for the whole family to enjoy! Stop by and see us on October 14!

Print out the smoke alarm safety sheet calendar to help remind you to test your smoke alarms monthly.

Print out the smoke alarm hidden picture activity for your kids here.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Commemorating a conflagration
fireAccording to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.

National Fire Prevention Week is observed in the United States and Canada, during the week (from Sunday to Saturday) in which October 9 falls. In the United States, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) continues to be the international sponsor of the week.

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