The Litchfield School District celebrated National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 through Oct. 10) with some special visitors from the Litchfield Fire Department. Firefighters brought a firetruck and some of the apparatus they use while fighting a fire. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, students were spaced apart during the presentation and wore masks.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign was “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Fire Prevention Week has been held since 1925, highlighting how to stay safe in case of a fire. It is the longest running public health observance in the United States. Fire Prevention Week is held in October in honor of the Great Chicago Fire, which started on Oct. 8, 1871. It killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.