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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fire Safety & Fire Prevention Month in October, Week of Oct. 9, and Day is October 9

October is National Fire Prevention Month. It provides a great opportunity to teach students about fire safety in their own homes, community, and the outside world. I have pulled together a variety of resources, links, activities, crafts, books, lessons, facts, and info to help you teach about this theme at . Support your local fire company in its efforts to promote fire safety education in your community all year and during Fire Prevention Week and Fire Prevention Month. Each person should examine your own home, both inside and out, and make it safe from fire.

Fire Safety week is the perfect time to teach Fire Safety or Community Helper themes. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association recognizes the calendar week in which October 9 falls as Fire Prevention Week. On October 9, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire started, killing 250 people and causing more than $160 million dollars in property and building damage. Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity to teach children about the dangers of fire and how to prevent fire and injuries.

On October 9, 1911, the Fire Marshals Association of North American, which became the National Fire Prevention Association(NFPA), started Fire Prevention Day. The date is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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