National Fire Prevention Week

By the Numbers - October 2006

Stop, drop and roll-this year, National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14. And given Chicago's history with blazes, we could use a primer. Here are all things incendiary, by the numbers:

135 Years ago Mrs. O'Leary's cow allegedly sparked the devastating Great Chicago Fire by kicking over a barn lantern.

18,000 Number of buildings destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire.

128 Years ago David Kenyon of Chicago's Engine Co. No. 21 invented the firemen's pole to improve his station's response time.

8,000 Number of fires set by American children in the home each year.

1,096,900 Number of career and volunteer firefighters who help fight those fires, representing…

…30,542 fire departments across the country.

25 Percent of households that have developed and practiced an escape plan in case of a fire.

2 Number of ways your family should plan to exit out of each room.

90 Percent of residences in the United States that have at least one smoke detector.

58 Percent of residences that experience a fatal house fire that have at least one smoke detector-functioning or not.

62 Number of candles forest fire awareness mascot Smokey Bear extinguished on his birthday cake this year.

55 Age of fellow animal advocate, Sparky the Fire Dog... making him 385 in dog years.

8 Years ago the Chicago Fire played its first major league soccer season. Be sure to catch the Fire's last home game of the regular season on Oct. 7.

Teresa Dankowski


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