|Fire Prevention Week
Week has been observed in the United States since 1922, which makes it the
longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President
of the United States has signed a prolamation prounouncing a national observance
during the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls each
year since 1925. October 9th was chosen because it was on that day in 1871
that The Great Chicago Fire and the lesser-known Peshtigo Forest Fire did
their most damage.