Fire Prevention Day

Fire Prevention Day

Fire Prevention Day, October 9, was very generally observed throughout the country with exercises in the schools, parades with floats and fire apparatus on which appropriate devices and signs were displayed calling attention to the huge fire loss of the nation, meetings of civic societies with speeches on the subject of Fire Prevention, etc. Besides the proclamation by President Wilson designating the day to be set apart for these observances, most of the governors of states and many of the mayors of cities also issued proclamations to the same effect. Some cities, among them New York, set apart the entire week beginning October 3 as a Fire Prevention and clean-up period, devoted especially to the removal of accumulated rubbish and all other fire hazards. Taken all in all, the observance of Fire Prevention Day was more general and reached more people in its influence than ever before.

Fire Prevention Day

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Fire Prevention Day

Before another issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING reaches its readers Fire Prevention Day of 1920 will have become a thing of the past. October 9 this year should have a special significance in the observance of the special object for which it is set apart, as, for the first time in history, the day and that which it stands for has become the subject of a presidential proclamation. In a strongly worded message to the people of the United States President Wilson bids them stop and consider what the appalling and unnecessary loss of life and waste of material by fire means to them individually and collectively. That there is strong reason for this appeal there is no need of argument to prove. The facts are only too well known and tell their own sad story. Now the thing to be done is to strain every nerve to bring these facts and their lessons home to each citizen and show that all are in a measure responsible for the existing condition. The more thoroughly this is done on Fire Prevention Day and the more people that are reached in its observances, the better will the cause of Fire Prevention be advanced and the country’s fire losses be reduced.