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National Fire Prevention Day was initiated by NFPA.

On October 9, 1920, President Woodrow Wilson, signed a proclimation setting aside a day to remind all americans of the importance of practing safe fire habits.


Whereas the destruction by fires in the United States involves an annual
loss of life of 15,000 men, women and children, and over $250,000,000
in buildings, foodstuffs and other created resources, and
Whereas the need of the civilized world for American products to replace
the ravages of the great war is especially great at this time, and
Whereas a large percentage of the fires causing the annual American fire
waste may be easily prevented by increased care and vigilance on the part
of the citizens,
Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, do urge
upon the Governors of the various States to designate and set apart
Saturday, Oct. 9, 1920, as Fire Prevention Day, and to request the citizens
of their States to plan for that day such instructive and educational
exercises as shall bring before the people the serious and unhappy effects
of the present unnecessary fire waste, and the need of their individual and
collective efforts in conserving the natural and created resources of
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the
United States to be affixed.
Done in the District ofColumbia this seventh day of September in the year
of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty and of the
independence of the United States the one hundred and forty-fifth.

Woodrow Wilson

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