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The Great Chicago Fire: Not The Cow’s Fault After All

September 21st, 2010 by

The National Fire Prevention Association published the following article about the cause of the Great Chicago Fire:

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow – belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary – kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.


“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With”

September 20th, 2010 by

Many people throughout the United States celebrate Fire Prevention Week. This year’s NFPA theme is “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With,” and will be held October 3rd-9th. Some schools hold assemblies, have special classroom lessons and projects, and often invite local fire departments to participate. Community groups are also active in sharing information with it’s members. Look below for a few free or inexpensive resources that can be used to make this a valuable experience for your school or group.

We want to hear what you do to make Fire Prevention Week informative and exciting for your students or community. Send us your photos and share with others your successful and unsuccessful experiences. It is our hope that we can all benefit from this sharing of ideas, and learn better ways to teach our life saving messages.

NFPA lesson plans, coloring books, brochures, videos, bags, banners, etc.

Robotronics//Coloring/activity books, bookmarks, crayons & pencils, certificates, robots & costumes, stickers, music, and more.

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Scholastic Fire Safety Resource Center//Free lesson plans, printables, and more resources. http://www.scholastic.com/firesafety/

Sparky.org//Games, activities, cartoons, and more.