National Fire Prevention Month is celebrated annually on October 1st to remind us to take precautions to reduce the risk of fire-related tragedies. Firefighters and rescuers work tirelessly to save lives, and we must do our part to help reduce the number of tragedies by being extra careful and spreading awareness.
National Fire Prevention Month commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871. This horrible tragedy claimed hundreds of lives and left over 100,000 people homeless. In the aftermath, the city immediately began rebuilding and improving fire safety standards such as conditions in houses and providing easier access to hydrants. The National Fire Protection Association founded the National Fire Prevention Month in order to educate adults and children on what to do in the event of a fire and how to prevent one.
- Certain species of birds, such as the brown falcon, the whistling kite, and the black kite, have been known to intentionally spread fire by carrying burning branches in their beaks or claws.
- In 2004, a fire that had raged for 130 years at China’s Liuhuanggou coalfield was extinguished.
- 80% of American silent films were destroyed by fires at film studios and on purpose due to lack of space for new films.
- One of the most famous arsonists is Herostratus, who burned the temple of Artemis in Ephesus for the sake of glory.
- Rubbing two sticks together can cause fire. The Guinness record for lighting a fire in this way was set in 39.7 seconds.
How to take part
During National Fire Prevention Month (and any other month), it’s important to learn as much as possible about fire safety. Make sure to check your smoke detectors, get a fire extinguisher, and have a fire drill with your family. Additionally, you can help spread awareness by sharing tips with your loved ones and followers on social media and joining the discussion using the hashtag #NationalFirePreventionMonth.
When is Fire Prevention Month in 2023?
Fire Prevention Month is observed on October 1 each year.