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October 9th is Fire Prevention Day
you're looking for something to do today then I hope you're not an
arsonist because it's Fire Prevention Day! Don't worry; Smokey
the Bear's got your back! Let's get right into celebrating Fire
WHY IS THIS A
Well, fires aren't usually looked on as a good thing, unless
it's cooking your food or heating your house, so it seems like a pretty
common thing to want to prevent, right? But this holiday was set up for
more than just logical reasons... In fact, it was set up in 1911 by the
Fire Marshals Association of North America on the 40th anniversary of
the Great Chicago Fire to help raise awareness about fire prevention.
That fire killed hundreds of people and that's not something anyone
would want to happen again, so brush up on fire safety today! The
fire that became the cause for this holiday started in a small barn,
near 137 DeKoven Street, on the night of October 8th. It was first
reported that a cow kicked over a lantern, but the reporter later
admitted that he made that up just to draw attention to the story. Come
on man, the fire was big enough... I'm sure people would have read it
But the fire spread quickly because a lot of the
buildings were made out of wood, they were in the middle of a drought
and it's not called the "windy city" for nothing. Oddly enough, the
people of the city didn't really care at first and the firemen were
tired from fighting a fire the day before so it spread into different
neighborhoods. But it was the rain that came to the rescue two days
later and doused the remaining flames. It was too late to save the
homes of over 100,000 people and the lives of over 300 people, but I
think now you can see why they want to educate people on fire
prevention. If you see a random fire, put it out!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, how about you start at
home and make sure you're good to go there? Do you have fresh batteries
in your smoke alarms? Do you have a fire extinguisher? Are all the
cords for your electronic devices in tip top shape? Are your candles
far enough away from things that could catch fire? There's a lot you
can do at home to ensure that a fire never starts there, so today is a
good day to check up on things. You never know when a fire could start!
if you have kids you can also educate them on how to prevent fires.
Tell them not to play with matches or lighters and tell them why. Teach
them stop, drop and roll. Show them what to do if there's a fire and
how to get out of the house. And of course, tell them to dial 911 if
you're not around to help put out the fire or if it's just too big.
And if you really want to, you can look into the history of the
Great Chicago Fire and look at what went wrong. If you don't learn from
your mistakes you're bound to repeat them, right? So look into what
caused it, why it spread so fast, why it wasn't contained and put out
and then try to do the exact opposite in any way you can. Have a
great day... one free of fires!