Great Chicago Fire Sparks the Beginning of Fire Prevention Week
Now that Fire Prevention week has come to an end, it is time to reflect on the events that brought us to where we are in fire prevention today. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 goes down in history as one of the most devastating fires of all time. This disaster killed over 250 people and left over 100,000 people homeless. The Great Chicago Fire caused destruction to a third of the city, destroying over 17,400 structures, and burning over 2,000 acres of land. The cause of the fire is unknown. The amount of wood used to build the city, and the drought are thought to be influences. The only way to survive the fire was to run away from it. There was no way of putting the fire out.
As a result of this disaster, in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge established Fire Prevention Week as a national observance. Fire Prevention Week dedicates itself to teaching the public about fire safety. The purpose of fire education is to decrease the casualties of fire, and to prevent a tragedy like the Great Chicago Fire from happening again. Some changes came into play after the fire, such as the strengthening of safety codes, and creation of laws that required new buildings to be made of fireproof materials. Watch the video to the left, and visit the NFPA website to learn more about Fire Prevention Week
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