October is National Fire Prevention Month

The month of October is Fire Prevention Month. This year Fire Prevention Week is October 9 - 15, 2016. The Worcester County Commissioners will recognize this week with a proclamation. On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10AM, the County Commissioners will present the proclamation to the County's Fire Service. The theme for Fire Prevention this year is, "Don't Wait, Check The Date" and replace smoke alarm every 10 years.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

During the week, local Worcester County volunteer fire companies will be visiting area schools and promoting fire safety. The County's Fire Marshal's Office will assist the local volunteer fire companies with the week and month's activities. Also during the month the County's Fire Marshal's Office will conduct several fire prevention talks at area businesses and civic organizations.