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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd October 2014
District of Kitimat
The Kitimat Fire Department is celebrating 2014 Fire Prevention Week, October 5 to 11. The theme this year is: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month. Every year the fire department has committed seven days to sharing fire prevention strategies and information in our community.

This year, the Kitimat Fire Department will be adding an open house to our list of events. It will be held on Sunday, October 5 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

ˇ Meet Kitimat firefighters

ˇ Learn how to install, test and replace batteries in your smoke detector

ˇ Find out important fire safety information for you and your family

ˇ Safety information and limited prizes will be available

History of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating Chicago fire on October 9, 1871 in which more than 250 people died and 100,000 were left homeless. It also destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

The fire changed the way firefighters and public officials in North America thing about fire prevention and fire safety. The Fire Marshals Association of North America decided that the anniversary of the Chicago fire should be observed in a way to educate the public about the importance of fire prevention.

Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed in Canada in 1919 to commemorate the Chicago disaster, as well as a major fire that destroyed the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa on February 3, 1916.