Fire Prevention Week Presidential proclamations

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The first Fire Prevention Day proclamation was issued by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920 and four more ensued through 1924. Then in 1925, in the first year of his second term, President Calvin Coolidge issued the first Fire Prevention Week proclamation.

Proclamations issued for the first Fire Prevention Day and Fire Prevention Week under the Obama Administration are below. If you would like the text of proclamations issued under other Administrations, please contact the library at 301-447-1046.

1920 Fire Prevention Day proclamation

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas, the destruction by fires in the United States involves an annual loss of life of 15,000 men, women and children and over $230,000,000 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, the present serious shortage of home and business structures makes the daily destruction of buildings by fire an especially serious matter; 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 its citizens;

Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do urge upon the governors of the various states to designate and set apart Saturday, October 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 America.

Special thanks to the staffs of the Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Libraries, the Library of the Executive Office of the President and the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress for their assistance in locating and providing copies of the early Presidential Fire Prevention Week proclamations.

Fire Prevention Week proclamations: Obama Administration

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