October 8‐14, 2017 is Fire Prevention Week
A week that was established in the United States in 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson and commemorates two devastating fires from the 1800’s. Those two fires include the well‐known Great Chicago Fire and the lesser known, but more devastating, Peshtigo Fire, which burned through 16 towns, scorched 1.2 million acres and killed 1,152 people. For the last three years, the Fire Prevention Week theme has focused on smoke alarms.
The first reminded us to test our smoke alarms monthly; the second – have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom; and, the third – replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.
This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” focuses on the importance of every household having an escape plan. In a fire, seconds can mean the difference between residents in our community escaping safely, or having lives end in tragedy
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