Fire Prevention Week has been celebrated since 1922, with President Calvin Coolidge proclaiming Fire Prevention Week a national observance in 1925. Firefighters across the nation provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
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. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 claimed the lives of more then 250 people, left 1000,000 people homeless, burned more than 2,000 acres of land and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
Fire Prevention Week eventually expanded into Fire Prevention Month as well, while still containing Fire Prevention week the second week of the month.