October 09

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week runs Oct.4–10. The 2015 theme is "Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!" Nearly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. (a period of time when only 20% of home fires occur). Because a quarter of all home fires begin in a bedroom, smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.

Fire Prevention Week commemorates two events that began on Oct. 8, 1871: the Great Chicago Fire (which killed more than 250 people, burned over 2,000 acres, and destroyed nearly 17,500 structures leaving 100,000 city residents homeless) and the Peshtigo Fire (a brush fire set to clear Wisconsin forest land for train tracks being laid, it spread rapidly out of control, decimating 16 towns, killing more than 1,100 residents, and destroying 1.2 million acres).

Marked annually since 1920, Fire Prevention Week is the oldest public health and safety observance.

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