Fire Prevention Day - October 9
Mon, Oct 9, 2023

Fire Prevention Day

Fire Prevention Day is held annually on October 9th to remind people of the importance of fire safety and to commemorate those who have lost their lives in a fire. On this day, events are held in cities across the country to raise awareness of fire safety and prevention.


The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is one of the most famous fires in history. It is believed to have been started by a cow kicking over a lantern in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn. The fire destroyed 17,000 structures and left 100,000 people homeless. This devastating event served as a wake-up call to the importance of fire safety and prevention, and in 1925 the United States made Fire Prevention Day an official holiday. In 1924 alone, 15 Americans had died in fires, so President Calvin Coolidge declared October 9th Fire Prevention Day in order to draw attention to the importance of fire safety.

Interesting facts

  • The first documented fire occurred around 1400 BC when two biblical cities were destroyed by God for their sins.
  • The Melanophila acuminate beetle waits for forest fires to breed; it lays its eggs in burnt wood.
  • The profession of firefighter originated in ancient Egypt.

How to take part

Find out what events your city has planned for Fire Prevention Day and create a plan for attending. This could include attending seminars, participating in fire drills, and checking the safety of your home. Additionally, share useful information with loved ones, participate in discussions about Fire Prevention Day on social media, and encourage others to join in the festivities.

When is Fire Prevention Day celebrated in 2023?

Fire Prevention Day is observed on October 9 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 9 2023
Wednesday October 9 2024
Thursday October 9 2025
Friday October 9 2026