Fire Prevention Day

October 9 is Fire Prevention Day!

Fire Prevention Day was established in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. As the story goes, a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, starting a fire that lasted from October 8 to October 10, 1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed hundreds of people and burned down over 3 miles of land in Illinois.

The first Fire Prevention Day was held 40 years after the incident with the aim of educating people on fire safety and steps to take in the unfortunate event of a fire. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson announced Fire Prevention Week with the same goal.

Sources: Yahoo! Voices, Holiday Insights

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