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National Fire Prevention Week -- October 4-10, 1998

October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week. This year, the week will commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which accounted for 250 deaths and destroyed 17,430 buildings. The aim of National Fire Prevention Week is to increase public awareness of fire safety and the prevention of fire-related injuries, deaths, and property damage by promoting fire prevention strategies. These strategies include 1) promoting safe storage of matches and flammable liquids, 2) teaching children not to play with matches or lighters, 3) discouraging persons from smoking in bed, 4) recommending that persons establish and practice fire escape plans, 5) encouraging the installation of a smoke alarm on each habitable floor of a home and outside each sleeping area, and 6) teaching persons how to extinguish fires.

This year, as part of National Fire Prevention Week, a unified North American fire drill, The Great Escape, will be held on October 7 at 6 p.m. This event is being coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and participating fire departments, schools, and communities across the United States and Canada. Additional information about preventing residential fires and The Great Escape fire drill is available from NFPA, telephone (617) 984-7285, or from the World-Wide Web site

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