A great fire broke out in Chicago on October 9, 1871 and was brought under control only 27 hours later causing severe damages, killing 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, destroying 17,400 structures and ravaging 4,800 acres of land.
On its 40th anniversary, the oldest member organization of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Marshals Association of North America, organized the first fire prevention day to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. The event grew to such proportions that 11 years later, in 1922, the first Fire Prevention Week was launched in the United States.
The Governor General of Canada proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week in 1923 and the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec has held a Fire Prevention Week since 1990. It seemed only logical for the two countries to pool their efforts to observe the event on the same date. Thus, Fire Prevention Week has always been held in the first full week of October that includes October 9.
And you? How will you mark this important week?
Do you know how SPI can help you with fire prevention?