Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, and area fire departments will be marking this year’s nationwide observance with special activities and safety demonstrations throughout the week.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health observance in the U.S., established in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The weeklong observance commemorates the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871. The blaze destroyed an estimated 17,400 structures, killed more than 250 people and left approximately 100,000 residents homeless.
Throughout the week, local fire departments will be sharing information to help children and adults learn how to prevent fires and how to stay safe in the event that a fire should occur.
An overview of the events and activities planned for the week is listed below. For fire facts, safety tips and resources, visit the National Fire Prevention Association’s Fire Prevention Week website.
Sunday, October 7
2 p.m. - Dover Fire Department Stop Drop and Roll 5K
5 to 7 p.m. - Dover Fire Department Open House
Monday, October 8
5 to 8 p.m. - Dennison Fire Department Open House
Tuesday, October 9
6 to 8 p.m. - Uhrichsville Fire Department Open House
Thursday, October 11
5 to 8 p.m. New Philadelphia Fire Department Open House
5 to 8 p.m. New Philadelphia Fire Department Firefighter for a Day photo contest
6 to 8 p.m. Strasburg Fire Department Open House - 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, October 12
5 to 8 p.m. - Sugarcreek Fire Department Open House
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