This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Have 2 Ways Out” and Savannah firefighters encourage all citizens to prepare and practice evacuation plans at home and work.. The weeklong fire safety observance will run from Sunday, now through Saturday, October 13th but Savannah Fire and Emergency Services will focus extra emphasis on fire prevention during the entire month of October.
Fire Prevention Week is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That tragic fire killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,400 structures, with much of the destruction occurring on Oct. 9. These events changed the way firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. A presidential proclamation has been signed for the observance every year since 1925.
SFES has expanded its fire prevention observance to extend throughout the entire month. During October, Savannah firefighters will present fire safety and prevention programs throughout the city with special emphasis on programs for the youth. In addition to fire prevention offerings in many public schools, Savannah firefighters will also make special visits to day care and pre-school facilities throughout the city, teaching the basics of fire safety and offering children the opportunity to interact with firefighters and tour their trucks.
Organizations that wish to schedule public fire safety education programs during the month of October are encouraged to contact the SFES Public Information Office at 644-5957.