Are You Prepared?

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2012.


How good is your knowledge of history?  Remember hearing or reading of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?  Tradition has it that it started when the O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in the barn, thereby starting the conflagration.

Now, regardless of whether that is fact Great Chicago Fire, 1871or fiction, history tells us some unforgettable statistics: hundreds of people died, tens of thousands were left homeless, and over 17,000 buildings were destroyed.  More than three square miles were consumed by fire.

On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America, a subsidiary of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.  President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4–10, 1925, and he noted that in the previous year some 15,000 lives were lost to fire in the United States.

In recognition of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, we encourage you to be sure to always have two ways of escape if you ever find yourself in a fire situation.  We also remind you to check your smoke alarms.  If you don’t have them, please get some!


If you would like to have smoke detectors installed, please set up a service call request with us at Brubaker Inc. at 717.299.5641 or email us.

Photo courtesy of Eden Fire Co., Lancaster, PA


If you have smoke detectors, when is the last time that you checked them or tested them?  Quiz yourself in this smoke alarm safety checklist, compliments of the NFPA.

Don’t become a historical statistic.  Be sure you have working smoke detectors and alarms today!



1. “Fire Prevention History”, Edwards Air Force Base Fire Prevention Office

2. “About Fire Protection Week”,