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This week is Fire Prevention Week

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  • This week is Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871
    conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than
    17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued
    into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

    While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start on that date, it wasn't the biggest.
    That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. This
    fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning
    down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

    This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is: "Protect your Family from Fire!", and focuses on
    preventing on home fires and protecting families in your community with life-saving technologies
    and planning.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)