10/05/12 364 W - + 3 - 3 Fire Prevention Week in Raleigh

In preparation for Fire Prevention Week, which starts on Sunday, October 7, the Raleigh Fire Department today announced the following public events. This year’s theme is "Have Two Ways Out" and focuses on educating the public on always having two ways to exit a building in case of emergency, and regardless if it's a house, apartment, office, store, or other type of building.

Fire Prevention Week is celebrated across the country during the week of October 9. That's the date of the Great Chicago Fire on October 9, 1871, that killed 300 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed 17,000 structures.  In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first national Fire Prevention Day proclamation. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first national Fire Prevention Week.

The Raleigh Fire Department’s flagship event for the week is the public fire education display at Crabtree Valley Mall on October 11, 12, and 13. The complete list of events is below:

Sunday, October 7

Fire station open house and tours from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. All Raleigh fire stations will be open to the public. Residents are encouraged to stop by their neighborhood fire station and speak with firefighters about fire safety.

Tuesday, October 9

Thursday, October 11

Friday, October 12:

Saturday, October 13

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