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Prevention Week will be held
October 9 - 15 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
This year, the focus is on smoke alarms.
Did you know that many people don't test
their smoke alarms as often as they
should? When there is a fire, smoke
spreads fast. You need working smoke
alarms to give you the time you need to
get out safely. Make sure you are
testing yours at least once a month.
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check out our Home Safety page.
hold our annual Open House on Saturday,
October 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at our headquarter's station located at
701 Vine St in Kelso (click
here for flyer). 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
obstacle course 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 15!
Print out the
smoke alarm safety sheet calendar to
help remind you to test your smoke
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
According 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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