National Fire Prevention Week is October 6th thru October 12th. Although fire safety should never stop, In the United States, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. When President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4–10, 1925, he noted that in the previous year some 15,000 lives were lost to fire in the United States. Calling the loss “startling”, Coolidge’s proclamation stated: “This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented… It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth”.
Thorofare Volunteer Fire Co. Reminds you to take time this week to review, teach and understand fire prevention tips. Every year NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) sponsors Fire Prevention Week with a new theme every year. This years theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” So along with cooking safety tips and general kitchen safety remember to review escape plans, the use of fire extinguishers, and testing cleaning and replacing smoke detectors.