October 8 Parade To Highlight Fire Prevention Week

As Tennessee fire departments and communities continue to make historic strides in reducing the state’s fire death rate “Fire Prevention Week” will be obseved Oct. 4-10. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: A Smoke Alarm In Every Bedroom.”

 Fire Prevention Week is hald annually to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and celebrate the successes across Tennessee with programs like the “Close the Door” awareness campaign and “Get Alarmed, Tennessee!” which is responsible for the installation of more than 88,000 free smoke alarms and 106 saved lives since 2012.

 The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported Tennessee’s 2006-2010 fire death rate to be 17.7 deaths per million which means for every 1 million people in Tennessee, 17.7 deaths occur annually. This ranking put Tennessee as the nation’s 6th highest in fire deaths. Through outreach, education and our programs, new figures now show the state’s fire death rate has decreased to 13.7 deaths per million, equaling a 25.6 percent reduction for 2011-2014 compared to 2006-2010. This is the single largest reduction of the state’s fire mortality rate in Tennessee’s recorded history.

 Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls and on this year will be the week of October 4-11, which will be highlighted locally with the annual Fire Prevention Parade on Thursday, October 8.

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.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

In observance of Fire Prevention Week in Fentress County, he Fire Prevention Parade will be held on Thursday, October 8 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The parade will line up on Industrial Drive beside Hardees, and travel south on Main Street to the Fentress County Library, where it will disassemble.