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Fire Prevention Bureau


The history of Fire Prevention Month has its roots in the Great Chicago fire, which started on October 8, 1871. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. National Fire Prevention Day began on the fire's 40th anniversary as a way to inform the public of important fire prevention messages. Fire Prevention Week has been recognized since 1922. Many fire departments practice Fire Prevention Month as a way to emphasize fire safety messages throughout the month.

 

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