Commemorating a conflagration 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. According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow – belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary – kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events..
Each October, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors a fire prevention campaign. The Theme for Fire Prevention Week 2015 will be annouced soon.
Visit www.firepreventionweek.org to download a home escape plan.
2013 Fire Facts
In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage.
- 487,500 were structure fires, causing 2,855 civilian deaths, 14,075 civilian injuries, and $9.5 billion in property damage.
- 188,000 were vehicle fires, causing 320 civilian fire deaths, 1050 civilian fire injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
- 564,500 were outside and other fires, causing 65 civilian fire deaths, 800 civillian fire injuries, and $607 million in property damage.
The 2013 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 25 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 42 minutes.
- One outside fire was reported every 56 seconds.
- One vehicle fire was reported every 167 seconds.
*All above facts and information provided by NFPA 2008 – www.nfpa.org