President Issues Proclamation
Each year, just prior to Fire Prevention Week, it has been the custom for the President of the United States to call to the attention of the people the importance of giving heed to protection of property against fire, and to the appalling fire losses throughout the states. And so this year, in accordance with his practice of previous years, President Coolidge has issued the following proclamation:
By the President of the United States of America.
The economic and social progress of the nation is dependent to a large degree upon the proper direction and control of all elementary forces within it. Fire, a friendly aid and comfort when used properly, becomes a deadly foe when permitted to range unchecked. The dangers of fire, and to some extent the means of controlling it. have been understood generally from a very early period. However, year by year, fire has resulted in the destruction of thousands of lives and much material wealth. In 1927, property loss alone in the United States due to fire is estimated to have totalled more than $475,000,000, while loss of life from the same cause was likewise heavy.
A certain measure of encouragement is to be derived from the fact that fire losses in the United States were decreased in 1027 as compared with 1926. Cooperative efforts on the part of our citizenry in recent years have shown that many types of fires are preventable. Widespread interest and activity in fire prevention nave had a marked influence in bringing about a realization of public responsibility in dealing with the fire waste problem. Cities, towns and farming communities, engaging in a constructive campaign to inculcate sound principles of fire prevention in the minds of thinking inhabitants, are accomplishing highly desirable and satisfactory results. There is urgent need, however, to translate this effort into further remedial action. Increased vigilance on the part of all citizens is necessary, for their cumulative efforts will determine tinfuture reduction or increase in our national fire waste.
Therefore. I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States, do recommend that the week beginning Sunday. October 7, 1928. be observed throughout the nation as Fire Prevention Week. United and coordinated endeavor in reaching the consciousness of every citizen is desired and can be obtained by the concerted action of our press, our schools, our churches and the civic and welfare organizations of every community, rural and municipal. I Hiring the last few years the observance of Fire Prevention Week has furnished a stimulus and guide for activity throughout the year. With this precedent it is to he hoped that every community will strive continuously for the elimination of fire hazards and put into practice the fundamentals which will be stressed during hire Prevention Week. The adoption of simple precautionary measures at all times will he rewarded by a higher degree of security to individual life and property.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to he affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this 13th day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-eight, and of the In(SEAU) dependence of the United States of America the one hundred and fifty-third.
By the President: Frank R. Kellogg, Secretary of State.