This past October, the Malden Fire Department held a series of events in honor of National Fire Prevention Week to remind residents about ways they can prevent fires in their homes. Fire Prevention Week is observed every October in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871, and killed more than 250 people, along with destroying more than 17,400 structures across 2,000 acres. In 1911, 40 years after the fire, the Fire Marshals Association determined that the anniversary of this fire should be observed annually to generate awareness about fire prevention.
As part of the event, the Malden Fire Department invited every third grade class in Malden to participate in a Fire Prevention Poster Contest on this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out!” – referring to the strong recommendation that residents plan two escape routes from their homes in the event of a fire. The grand prize winner was the Beebe School third grade class of Alyssa Hall. On the poster were the students’ maps of their home detailing two escape routes in the event of a fire. They worked with their families to determine quickest means of escape. The class earned a Pizza Party with the Fire Department, Mayor Christenson and Superintendent of Schools John Oteri!