On October 8, 1871, tragedy struck Chicago as one of America’s most devastating fires consumed the city. The fire ravaged for three days, killing almost 300 people and leaving another 100,000 homeless after over 17,400 structures were lost to the flames. The true cause of the fire remains lost to history, but it is widely accredited to Mrs. O’Leary’s ill-tempered heifer who supposedly kicked over a lantern in a barn. At the time, Chicago suffered a drought, and, coupled with the predominantly wooden and ornate construction of the time, the fire was eager to spread out of control.
From the ashes, fire codes evolved to protect people from such disaster happening again at such a scale, and today the National Fire Protection Agency honors the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire by observing Fire Prevention Safety Week every October.
This year’s events are scheduled for October 4th through October 10th, and themed “serving up safety in the kitchen.” While we would normally invite everyone into our KESA Fire House to learn in person, times are odd. No less, we encourage you to enjoy the excellent resources created by NFPA for this year… including games for the kiddos (and kids at heart). Stay tuned for more fire safety!