Joliet Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15

10/5/2016, 11:02 a.m.
Fire Prevention Week will include public open houses of Joliet's fire houses this weekend.
Joliet Fire Station No. 3 at 450 Laraway Road would be closed in order to reduce overtime expenditures under the proposed 2016 budget presented to the Joliet City Council Monday night.

Joliet Fire Chief Joseph Formhals has announced that all Joliet Fire Stations will be conducting open houses on October 8 and 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to kick off Fire Prevention Week 2016.

Chief Formhals encourages all residents and their families to stop by their local fire station to view the stations and vehicles up close:

• Station No. 1 101 East Clinton Street

• Station No. 3 450 E. Laraway Road

• Station No. 4 868 Draper Avenue

• Station No. 5 661 Mason Avenue

• Station No. 6 2049 Oneida Street

• Station No. 7 125 Houbolt Road

• Station No. 8 2293 Essington Road

• Station No. 9 2300 Michas Drive

• Station No. 10 1599 John D. Paige Drive

Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire which began on October 8, 1871 but did the most damage the following day on October 9.

The popular legend asserts that the first started with Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern setting the barn and then the whole city of Chicago on fire. The fire burned out of control those two days, destroying 18,000 buildings valued at $200 million. In 1920 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Fire Prevention Week and it is the longest running health and safety observance on record.

The Theme for 2016 is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”

• Roughly 50% of home fire deaths occur between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM when most people are asleep.

• A working smoke detector cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

• Install smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.