October 9 Is Fire Prevention Day

FirFire Prevention Daye prevention week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which began on October 8 but did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. For that reason, Fire Prevention Day always falls on the same day, and Prevention Week is the week in which October 9 falls.

Read more about the Chicago fire. (Hint: Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was almost certainly not responsible for the conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and burned more than 2,000 acres).

This site is chock full of ideas for a homeschool unit study on fire prevention. Download coloring pages, a home fire-prevention checklist, a thematic reading list, word searches, and other printables!

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