From the InkHead Promotional Products Department of Things That Happen in October:
October is National Fire Prevention Month, established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire in northern Wisconsin, the largest forest fire in American history. These devastating blazes occurred on October 8th and 9th, 1871, waking the nation up to the need for stronger fire codes and preventative measures. National Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922, and later the observance was expanded to include the entire month of October. This month, fire departments and public-safety agencies across the country are working to educate the public about fire safety and prevention.
This would be a good time for everyone, at home and in the workplace, to do a check of the batteries in their smoke alarms (and if you don’t have smoke alarms in your home, it would be a good idea to get at least two ASAP) and to make sure all fire extinguishers have been charged and recently inspected. It is recommended that smoke alarm batteries be changed every six months and that doing it at the beginning and end of Daylight Savings Time will help us remember. Turn the clocks back and change the batteries on November 7th.
For more tips about fire safety, check out the National Fire Protection Association’s website at http://www.nfpa.org today.
At InkHead we have a large number of Public-Safety Promotional Items, many of which can be produced within 24 hours, which gives fire departments, schools, insurance agencies, and anyone else concerned with spreading the word about fire prevention plenty of time to beef up their campaigns with useful and informative giveaways. We also do a lot of promotional material for police departments, hospitals, and ambulance services, from stress balls and magnets to balloons and T-shirts. Whatever your interest in educating the public about public safety, we have the promotional items that will help give your campaigns maximum impact.
One other thing… according to the National Fire Protection Association, the bovine community has suffered 139 years of misrepresentation and defamation for a crime they didn’t commit. The cause of the Great Chicago Fire is still in question, with theories ranging from a stray cigarette to arson to meteorites (which these theorists also blame for the Pashtigo Fire), but there is consensus on one thing: while the O’Leary barn was in the neighborhood of the fire’s origin point, the fire did not start there, and therefore Mrs. O’Leary’s cow did not kick over a lantern and start the fire. We at InkHead would like to offer our sincere apology to cows everywhere.