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Fire Safety Systems/Fire Prevention
October 6th - 12th is Fire Prevention Week
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.
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.
For more information, please contact Terri Konchesky at Terri.Konchesky@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-5754.
Fire Prevention Helpful Tips:
Fire Safety Systems involves the alarm systems that warn of a fire and the protection systems (e.g, sprinklers) that fight it before the fire department arrives. EH&S inspects and maintains these systems on a regular basis.