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Fire Prevention Week: October 9-15, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.144

“Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Photo of firemen

“Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.”

Key Stats

Note: Click on the image above for the full OnTheMap page showing all events as of 09/26/2022, including Hurricanes, Wildfires, etc. Use the “Legend & Map” controls to unselect all event types except Wildfires. You may hide the controls and zoom into the map.

More Stats

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. 

Note: The table above is cropped at the bottom and highlighted in yellow for the three rows related to fire.

Note: This industry (NAICS 561621) comprises establishments engaged in (1) selling security systems, such as burglar and fire alarms and locking devices, along with installation, repair, or monitoring services or (2) remote monitoring of electronic security alarm systems. For a list of NAICS keyword search results for “Fire,” visit this webpage: 2022 NAICS Definition, Search results for: Fire (112 records). You may need to enter “Fire” in the 2022 NAICS search box and press “Go.”

Source: 2017 Economic Census.

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